Holy smokes, people, Dan Deacon is playing the Philadelphia Museum of Art
If you’ve ever seen indie electropop impresario Dan Deacon perform live, you probably know exactly what I mean when I say the dude would make a great Kindergarten teacher.
The way his shows are so crowd-participatory; the way he sections off the left and right sides of a room to perform a different routine to his goofily bounding beats; the way it’s essentially a calisthenics class on a massive sugar rush.
Okay, maybe a teacher is a stretch. But if the rock-music-for-grown-ups thing ever fizzles out, Deacon has a solid career in the Kids Corner children’s concert circuit awaiting him. I’m very curious to see, however, what his routine will be like when he plays the Great Stair Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the January 26th “Final Friday” event.
This month’s theme is Weird Science, an evening themed around experiments, discoveries, and art — and the other offerings in the mix are equally digable. Earlier in the night, DJ Osagie will spin tunes from an extensive record collection of disco, soul, hip-hop and more. Jess Conda of Red 40 and the Last Groovement will host a bizarre guessing game in the galleries, showing visitors objects from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and asking them they guess whether they were used for art or surgery.
Also in the galleries, Philadelphia post punk trailblazers Crash Course in Science will play a not-to-be-missed set at 6:45; best known for their song “Cardboard Lamb” from 1981’s Signals from Pier Thirteen, their discography spans the 80s to present day, and their most recent record, Situational Awareness, came out back in October (read their interview with our Yoni Kroll here).
And then, bringing the Weird Science back to the staircase, Deacon goes on at 7:15. More information on the event can be found at Facebook; check out the madness that’s in store below in a Boiler Room video set from London.