Quadron kicked off my third and final day of Bumbershoot with a sweet performance at the Fountain Lawn stage; vocalist Coco and producer Robin Hannibal were joined onstage by a drummer who kept time to the duo's harmonized hums and syncopated finger snaps. Coco is the star of the Quadron show--she has a beautifully velvety voice, she wore a shiny dress patterned with glinting rainbow confetti that won best outfit at Bumbershoot in my book, and she is absolutely charming--her genuine surprise when someone in the audience knew her name was touching. Set highlights were the sleek "Buster Keaton," the flouncing single "Pressure" ("This song was written about my sister," said Coco, and when the audience aww'ed, "No, it's not even that cute. It's actually kind of mean." Look up the lyrics and you'll see what she means), and best of all, their tender-but-sultry cover of Michael Jackson's "Baby Be Mine." Quadron's got some tightening of loose ends to tend to, but with some more polish I could easily see them playing for a mainstage-sized audience.
Robin Hannibal and Coco of Quadron** **Not their actual size.
Some other Monday notables: Hearing the phrase, "I don't know, he broke a table or something," from a friend referring to one Eric Grandy when asked about last night's After Dark Rave. One of Bumbershoot's best bookings in recent memory, Big Boi's afternoon Key Arena set was woefully underattended. (He still killed it). Dom's lead singer, Dom, was in a cranky mood, but their set of sparkling, high-pitched pop-rock still went off nicely and included an exuberant cover of "Boys Don't Cry." Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and the Tantrums , whose yellow blazer matched her yellow tambourine, is a wonder--someone needs to get that girl to center stage instead of relegating her to the sideline. But Fitz founder Michael Fitzpatrick is a little one-dimensional as a frontman, and after hearing a couple songs, I can't imagine their second album sounding any different than their first.