Bravura featuring DAWN / Class Actress

Bravura featuring DAWN / Class Actress

Bravura featuring DAWN (9:30 PM)

Class Actress (8:30 PM)

Tue, December 15, 2015

8:00 pm

$20.00

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Bravura featuring DAWN - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Bravura featuring DAWN
Dawn Richard, known professionally as DAWN, is a multi-platinum American singersongwriter.
Richard started her career after auditioning for Making the Band 3 in 2004, During
this time Richard became a member of American girl band Danity Kane from 2005 to 2008, and
in 2009 joined with label head Sean "Diddy" Combs and Kalenna Harper to form the group
Diddy-Dirty Money.
Being in two groups, Dawn already has 2 consecutive platinum #1 albums under her belt with
Danity Kane, a platinum album "Last Train to Paris" with Diddy-Dirty Money, a gold single
"Hello Good Morning", and a 3x platinum single with Diddy-Dirty Money titled "Coming
Home".
In 2011 following her departure from Bad Boy Records, she launched her solo career. Richard
has released four solo projects (ATellTaleHeart, Armor On EP, Whiteout EP, and Goldenheart).
Goldenheart, was released on January 15, 2013 by Our Dawn Entertainment. The album received
universal acclaim. Both Armor On and Goldenheart reached #1 on iTunes R&B/Soul in a matter
of hours, reached iTunes Top 20 All Albums, and charted on 5 or more Billboard charts (all
done independently with no push). Goldenheart received universal acclaim from contemporary
music critics, who hailed Richard as one of the best new acts in pop and R&B. At Metacritic,
which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album
received an average score of 81, based on nine reviews. Alex Macpherson of The Guardian gave
it five stars and called it "dazzling and imperious", writing that, "remarkably, Richard's array of
sonic weapons matches her epic, elemental vision. Jason Gubbels of Spin praised her "aesthetic
appreciation" and versatile singing, which he credited for "springing finely placed surprises on
listeners lulled into reverie, navigating tricky spots just effortlessly enough to mask her
mastery". Giving it four-and-a-half stars, AllMusic’s Andy Kellman called Goldenheart
"sumptuous and grand", and felt that, although its intensity and indulgence can be staggering.
In 2014, Dawn released her newest album as a member of multi-platinum girl group, Danity
Kane. The album DK3, immediately shot to the number one spot on the iTunes R&B/Soul
chart as well as reaching the Top 10 overall albums on iTunes. Richard was also a writer on the
DK3 album making this her fifth number one album that she has been a writer on. Dawn wrote
both "Tell Me" and "Two Sides" on the album.
After releasing the final and farewell album DK3 with her group Danity Kane, Dawn Richard
readies The Black Era. "This project isn't just about the musical experience but also the visual
as well. From an incredible collaboration with visual artist Caleb Hahne for the Blackheart
album cover, to a high fashion and choreography-heavy based music video for “Blow”, to the
launch of her shoe line with Lust for Life; Dawn has set an entire brand around The Black Era.
Sonically, with influences from trip hop to electro pop to soul, this album solidifies Dawn as
more than just a progressive R&B diva. This album takes her to Future Electro Stardom. The
second installment to her heart trilogy differs drastically from her previous masterpiece,
Goldenheart, as this work of art has much sharper edges, more experimental electro sounds, and
is just more aggressive overall. You can tell Dawn chose fearless as this album's lead
companion. With Dawn producing and writing alongside her partner in crime Noisecastle III,
these two make genres a thing of the past and future a thing of the now.
The release of Blackheart fell on January 15th, 2015 – which happened to be the second year
anniversary of Dawn's last critically acclaimed album, Goldenheart. Since the release of
Blackheart, Richard has been receiving critical acclaim from Fact Magazine, New York
Times/LA Times, and Billboard. Many are saying that this is her best work yet. Andrew Ryce of
Pitchfork gave the album an 8 out of 10 saying, “Blackheart is the singular, visionary work that
she’s been hinting at since she struck out on her own post-Diddy in 2011.” Alex Macpherson of
Fact Magazine called Blackheart astonishing and gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars. Blackheart
peaked #1 on iTunes Electronic charts and Top 20 overall on the iTunes album charts. In
addition to that, Blackheart charted as #1 on the U.S. Top Independent Albums chart on
Billboard, #2 on the Billboard Electronic/Dance chart, and #3 on the U.S. Top Heatseekers
chart – with no major label push (completely independent). To accompany the album, Richard
released a black and white animation visual titled “Tide: The Paradox Effect”, which is also
available on iTunes. Since the album’s release, Richard has also unveiled four additional
visuals for songs from Blackheart via VEVO and iTunes. This is surely a great year for the
“HEARTS” (Dawn’s fanbase), as they’ve gotten an album and multiple visuals to some of their
favorite songs from this era.
Class Actress - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Class Actress
The Hollywood narcosis – flat, clean light, no credit card limit, driving drunk on white wine

and Valium (for the traffic), to a party in the hills where a celebrity friend from last week

might introduce you to someone, if he’s there, and you remember to ask.

As a metaphorical and biological product of its mythical illusions, it only made sense for

Class Actress to return to Los Angeles. Reeling from her father's cancer

diagnosis, the singer/songwriter took her advance from Casablanca Records

and moved into a bungalow at a luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel, to retreat into music as

an escape and a way forward.

Over months of nightly submergence in the city’s hallucinations, she watched the sharks circling

through their matte­ finished fish tanks and pixelated Face­time confessions, plumbing the

sweet depths of attraction, and synthesized them into 4­minute pop songs, always

intensifying the pre­-chorus hook. One evening at the Polo lounge, she observed what might've been

three high-­end escorts, and the lines between model, star, and call­ girl blurred into an epiphany on the album's themes.


The document of this slo-­mo surrender to the rush of pop fantasy is Movies, a six­ song collection exploring the highs and lows of

a life of analog love in an era of digital emotion, and her first EP

for Casablanca records, executive produced by her spirit animal, the immortal euro­disco

originator and legendary Academy Award­ and Grammy Award­ winner Giorgio Moroder.

Movies is a recounting of a particular night, a constellation of two bodies and souls, the sugar rush of expectation yielding to the dark pull of power and submission, and the dull ache of a love hangover.


An airy, innocent vocal over the sea­ sick synths and club-stomping­ beat of “More Than You”

convey the vertiginous tight ­rope of romantic obsession, the unshakable desire for a lover like a drug she can't give up.

“The Limit” evokes the sparkle motion of 80’s dance­ pop, with a breathy, teasing vocal that reverses the relationship, making him come to her.

A yearning for freestyle, and nostalgic innocence of electronic music’s formative years,

also informs “High on Love” with its teutonic groove and new-romantic synth exercises, in which
our heroine succumbs to overpowering attraction as her attempt to

regain control has failed­­ - she's in even deeper, and he has all the power.

“GFE” casts transactional romance in an effervescent, aerobic glow, her transformation

into a simulated "girlfriend experience". Now she's the drug, making a perfect case ­study

for the pop song as delivery ­system for user-friendly desire.

In contrast, “Love My Darkness” heats up in the final stages of the night, pulling off the long

game of seduction through a hollowed out beat and vulnerable, imploring voice, until the night resolves in the sounds of Parisian birds at sunrise.

The title track, Movies, gives us a final clue to the record's theme: that fantasies, like movies,­ need darkness to exist.

When the curtains go up at the end of Movies, you "should feel like you've dated a crazy

actress." But you really might just be in love…
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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