By: Nickie Peña

It was about time. Nearly one year after releasing their self-titled album, Tuxedo

made an appearance last Friday night at the Observatory North Park. Since a past

lover first turned me on to the single ‘Number One’ – a classy, more female-friendly

rendition of Snoop Dogg’s ‘Ain’t no Fun’ – and then catching their feature premiere

on NPR Music’s First Listen, the group was instantly added to my “must see live” list.

Formed by DJ, producer and singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthrone and Seattle-native

hip-hop producer Jake One, the group’s musical style pays tribute to the highly

acclaimed disco funk of the early ‘80s. Better yet, their style was self-described

during Friday’s show by Hawthorne as, “gangster-boogie-funk sh*t.” Agreed.

Those in attendance witnessed fans at the Observatory North Park maintain a

steady groove that continued through most songs from their debut album, including

a killer keyboard solo and a few covers such as Bell Biv DeVoe’s first hit single

‘Poison.’

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Although the group was dressed in stylish black and white dapper for their San

Diego debut, it was difficult to not remain focused and in awe of the lady modeling a

gold-sequined romper. Her aura and sweet dance moves gave the performance

some added charm…most importantly, she kept the crowd in an energized boogie

from opening song to the final encore.

Tuxedo: For next time, don’t stay away for too long. San Diego liked the funk.

 

Photos by: Rachel Frank