Quadron At The Masonic Lodge At Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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By Lindsay Gabler
With powerhouse female vocalists dominating the airwaves, Coco O. deserves to be mentioned with the likes of Adele, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and Florence Welch. Coco O. is one-half of the Denmark-based duo Quadron, which also includes multi-instrumentalist/producer Robin Hannibal. Coco O. took the stage on June 4 at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in front of an intimate crowd of family and friends, including Hannibal, who looked on from the audience.
It was a special night for Quadron as they celebrated the release of their new sophomore album, Avalanche. The excitement from the crowd was palpable as fans waited to be seated for the show. One by one, the nine-piece backing band made their way to the stage with Coco O. following right behind as the music began.
The set kicked off with the groovy new track, "LFT," immediately causing the crowd to sway in their seats. At this point, I wished I was standing so I could properly two-step to the beat. While Coco O. appeared to be a bit nervous, she became more and more comfortable as the show progressed with the crowd encouraging her with whoops and cheers.
After the first three songs, Coco O. opened up to the crowd with a big grin, explaining what a special night it was for her and Hannibal.
"It has been four years since we released new music … we had a big dream to invite all our very good friends," she said. And here we were, taking in all that Coco O. had to offer as she gracefully moved her way through the set.
A stand-out performance was "Neverland," which was accompanied by gorgeous horns. The influence of multi-GRAMMY winner Michael Jackson was not lost in the performance as you could clearly hear the production similarities and subtle tributes to the King of Pop. Later in the set during "Hey Love," Coco O. attempted a Jackson-esque leg kick as a nod to her musical hero. The encore ¾ a cover of Jackson's "Baby Be Mine" ¾ gave me chills. I was completely mesmerized. The song was a welcomed departure from the original version as Coco O. breathed new life into a fan favorite.
"It's Gonna Get You"
"Baby Be Mine" (Michael Jackson cover)
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(Lindsay Gabler is the Social Media Specialist for The Recording Academy. In 2012 Gabler ranked in Billboard's Twitter 140, a listing of the 140 must-follow Twitter accounts in the music industry. Follow her @lndsygblr.)