Extravaganza comes to the City of Richmond

Madeline Wheeler


Chandelier hangs at the Richmond city.
Photo by Madeline Wheeler

Downtown Richmond was
rocked by a musical organization
entitled The Extravaganza on November
The tickets sold themselves by
advertising the event as an “indoor,
multi-venue music festival.”
The concert was spread over three
different venues, including the
Broadberry, Strange Matter and
Mexican-inspired eatery En Su
Boca. With doors opening at the
initial venue (The Broadberry) at
5 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Strange Matter,
attendees who bought both
the Broadberry and Strange Matter
tickets were up for an insanely
late night.
Upon entering the Broadberry
at a little after 7 p.m., one of the
two stages housed New York rockers
Sunflower Bean bathed in the
violet light of the venue. Their
psychedelic, rough sound featuring
lead singer-Yves Saint Laurent
model Julia Cumming made
one realize that the radness of the
event was legitimate. A reasonable
tiny crowd was bunched up
around Sunflower Bean’s abnormally
small stage, so that everyone
had a good view of the barelyknown
but up-and-coming band.
Cumming’s bleached hair had a
tint of purple as she walked out of
the venue in a floor length black
gown adorned with an embroidered
red rose. Her cased bass
lay across her back as she smiled
infectiously and told the crowd it
was lovely meeting them.
The main attraction of the
event were, of course, fellow New
York jammers DIIV (pronounced
dive), obviously, since the concert
was entitled “The Extravaganza
feat. DIIV.” DIIV has the largest
following compared to the other
bands scheduled to dish out entertainment.
By the time the band
had graced the larger of the two
stages, the viewers began to sway
with the sleepy psychedelia of the
band’s first album “Oshin.”
The lead singer Zachary Cole
Smith came out in an oversized,
seemingly glow in the dark Garfield
the cat tee and a trucker hat a
la Mac Demarco.
Spotty blue lights reflected on
the white-washed walls of the
newly built venue as Smith’s distorted
microphone, similar to
Tame Impala, threw the relaxed
and refreshing lyrics around the
room. Smith began speaking of a
strange and violent event that occurred
at another that he believed
had happened in Richmond, and
every face in the audience twisted
into a look of pure confusion.
“That was Raleigh, stupid!” shouted
one dazed spectator and the
tension was lifted.
DIIV no longer had a negative
view of our lovely Richmond
on that hazy and uncomfortably
warm night.
The hope is that it will return to
for another successful year in the
year of 2016.

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