Wonder Ballroom Northeast
Thurs March 19, 8:30 pm All Ages
Recommended by Dave Segal
For nearly two decades, Dan Deacon’s been proving that you can be a goofball and a serious electronic-music composer. He used to eschew stages for his performances and play on the floor while arranging crowd-participation stunts that broke down the artist-audience divide and thrust you back to that summer-camp feeling. Thankfully, the Baltimore producer’s music packed so many outsized thrills and indelible hooks, it compensated for whatever gimmicks he was perpetrating. Now a full-fledged film composer (2019’s Time Trial), Deacon is touring behind Mystic Familiar, which ladles on the inspirational melodies, expansive song structures, and rich textures until you swoon at the child-like wonder of it all. Check out “Arp II: Float Away” for an arpeggio-mad roller-coaster ride.
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"