LIVE REVIEW: Class Actress @ Casbah 11/3
Once Class Actress took the San Diego’s Casbah stage, the vibe was more like a dance club on a Friday night than a chill venue on a Wednesday. The red lights were low and the beats were pumping. The young audience gravitated toward the front as their bodies moved to the music. The duo on stage had our full attention.
Class Actress beauty Elizabeth Harper and producer Scott Rosenthal started the set with “All the Saints” on two synthesizers that filled the room with electrifying beats while Harper’s voice was seductive and flawless. The banter with the audience was kept to an absolute minimum as Harper danced her way from keyboard to microphone and then back again. The crowd moved and grooved to familiar tracks like “Journal of Ardency” and “Careful What You Say” along with those from a full-length album set to release in early 2011.
Though typically a trio, one wouldn’t have noticed anything missing from this stage performance. The absent member, Mark Richardson, who produced the full-length is working on his PhD and so is unable to be a part of this tour. And still, the room was alive and mesmerized by the pair onstage, who weren’t even the evening’s headliner. Fellow Brooklyn musicians, Small Black, who kept the dance party going, would be taking the stage following Class Actress.
The electro-pop eight-song set finished off with Rosenthal moving on to guitar for the more melodic “Let Me Take You Out,” a definite fan favorite. With their first full-length coming out in just months and a live set that can get anybody moving, this is just the beginning of Â what this theatrical temptress will unleash. Get yourself to a live show and groove with Class Actress. You will not be disappointed.