Say what you will about the B-52s with their catchy tunes and decidedly wacky presence, they still get the crowd hoppin’. Even thirty years after “Rock Lobster” hit the charts Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland and Fred Schneider fearlessly break out the kitsch (what else can toy pianos and cowbells be called?) for a nonstop dance party.
At their sold-out show at La Zona Rosa, the crowd was a diverse mix: it seems that everyone from the little kiddies with their parents to the too-cool-for-school hipsters found a common ground with the familiar hits (“Love Shack,” “Roam”) and an appreciation for tracks off their 2008 release, Funplex such as “Pump” and “Love in the Year 3000.”
And the band was in top form, singing and dancing to each song like it was a long-lost old friend, delivering their classics with delightful enthusiasm instead of acting like each note and step was a choreographed chore. Locally-based opener, The Ugly Beats, are scholars of the funky, ’60s garage band sound and worth a listen over at The Ugly Beats.
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Photos by Nichole Wagner