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     Last week DNCE ended a United States headline tour at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Pennsylvania – though this wasn’t always the plan as the show had to be delayed a few days due to the band being involved with a Super Bowl Party. That being said DNCE has truly been on the road for the better part of the last year since their instant rise to fame following the release “Cake By the Ocean.” Though the spotlight is often put on frontman Joe Jonas the band is a true ‘superband’ by all means with all members hailing from established projects before converging on the funk-pop project that DNCE has become.

     As a result of their colorful and mixed past the crowd at their shows is a beautiful mixture of fans from all walks of life. When you combine that with the accessibility and artistic appeal of their debut album the road map for the success of DNCE becomes a lot more clear. While ‘Cake by the Ocean’ may be the song most casual fans know by the band due to its radio play the real soul of the band comes to life in tracks like ‘Naked’ and the self titled ‘DNCE’ even.

Photo by Matt Christine
Photo by Matt Christine

     In a time where the arts are being threatened across all fronts bands like DNCE have states to embody a lot more than just what their music conveys. Last weeks show in Bethlehem was a beautiful mix of people all unique in their own way and connected by the urge to have fun. The show began with a flash and the production remained intense all night long. Color washes, strobes, spotlights, movers, gels, LEDs, every possible light that could be used on a stage was mixed together as DNCE gave a crowd of about 1,500 a Thursday night to remember.

     It might have been a tour closing show but in honesty it felt like a tour opener as the crowd was anxious before the band even hit the stage. It could have perhaps been the delay of the show that helped heighten this sense of urgency for the band’s arrival but it was tangible in the air of the building that night. The band fed off the crowd and gave it 150% from start to finish. DNCE is a young band but their stage show doesn’t reflect it as they have all collectively been touring for the vast majority of their lives which creates an interesting space for the band to exist in. Most artists touring on one album suffer from lack of confidence and lack of content but DNCE shines brightest in these moments as Joe Jonas owned the stage and the group even dared to cover the late David Bowie early in the evening.

Photo by Matt Christine
Photo by Matt Christine

DNCE may not have filled the house last week but this is the start of a long artistic career for them and I have no doubt that once they have some more time to grow their fans that they will return to the area to sell out buildings even bigger than the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

United States headline tour at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Pennsylvania – though this wasn’t always the plan as the show had to be delayed a few days due to the band being involved with a Super Bowl Party. That being said DNCE has truly been on the road for the better part of the last year since their instant rise to fame following the release “Cake By the Ocean.”

Photo by Matt Christine
Photo by Matt Christine

     Though the spotlight is often put on frontman Joe Jonas the band is a true ‘supergroup’ by all means with all members hailing from established projects before converging on the funk-pop project that DNCE has become. As a result of their colorful and mixed past the crowd at their shows is a beautiful mixture of fans from all walks of life. When you combine that with the accessibility and artistic appeal of their debut album the road map for the success of DNCE becomes a lot more clear. While ‘Cake by the Ocean’ may be the song most casual fans know by the band due to its radio play the real soul of the band comes to life in tracks like ‘Naked’ and the self titled ‘DNCE’ even.


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