Girl Talk w/ Penguin Prison
The Fillmore Charlotte
Jan. 25, 2011
The Deal: Mix-master Girl Talk brings the live party to Charlotte's Fillmore for dance-fueled night.
The Good: The night began with a short set by Penguin Prison. The band plays an electronic pop-rock that got the crowd warmed up. Kind of reminded me of Maroon 5 with more of a '70s and '80s backdrop.
Much like his latest album, All Day, Girl Talk kicked off his set with "Oh No," leading off with Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" combined with Ludacris. From there it was a long sea of mashups and mixes highlighting a little bit of everything. No surprise that the biggest sing-alongs came with Journey and Kelly Clarkson.
Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, was bouncing around non-stop and dancing with the 30-40 people that were on stage with him. He rarely slowed down, quickly stripping off a sweatshirt and then t-shirt. Gillis noted at one point that The Fillmore was easily the hottest and steamiest venue he's performed in so far this tour.
Confetti was sprayed on to the crowd, long plastic sleeves filled with balloons were passed into the crowd (the balloons quickly rose to the ceiling not from helium, but from the hot air over the crowd) and blowers rigged with rolls of toilet paper were spraying the crowd on a regular basis.
The show ended with "Imagine" as the new album does, but Gillis returned for a brief five-minute encore before calling it quits. Those in attendance left tired, sweaty and thoroughly satisfied.
The Bad: It's a lot like being in a club with a DJ, only with a stronger setlist.
The Verdict: The crowd was moving for the duration of his hour-and-15-minute set with no time for a break. Plain and simple, it's a party. A hot, steamy party. Steam was literally pouring out of the doors at the end of the show.