Dan Deacon: Brighton Music Hall 5.23.15
For a few minutes during the Dan Deacon show Saturday night, everyone was holding hands. Try to think of the last time when, at a concert, everyone was linked together in such a personal way. You probably can’t. I hope you can. After experiencing this with a roomful of strangers, when, for a brief moment, we were all connected, I can only hope to have a similar experience again. While all of our hands were clasped together, Deacon asked us to think of someone we love, holding their image in our minds. But then he added a layer of bittersweet to that joy–he asked us to imagine the pain we might feel if that person were to slip away from us, as so many have, from violence, hatred, prejudice, and whatever phobias might be tearing at us. It was a powerful moment. And then we danced. There was a lot of dancing that night, orchestrated by Deacon’s leadership and the shedding of many an inhibition. Underneath all the pulsating lights and beats, we were reminded that a concert could be more than just a show. And then we walked out into the night.
For more on Dan Deacon and his newest album, Gliss Riffer, take a look at our Cover Stories interview with Joanna Fields.