Cicero’s hosted an EDM night of non-stop dancing with Los Angeles-based Blackburner, special guests Blaqout and K-Beeta, and local talent, Jen-Z and DJ Beatz.

Cicero’s has been a fixture in the U-City Loop district of St. Louis since 1977 and is most noted for its Beer School, food, and HUGE beer selection. The music venue has long been known as the “Cicero’s Basement Bar” (although it’s only a few steps down from the bar level), and gave Beck, They Might Be Giants, Everclear, The Cranberries, 311, and many others an outlet early in their careers, along with many local acts.

Although I’ve been at numerous shows at Cicero’s over the years, this was the first time I attended an EDM show there. While the place wasn’t packed–the basement bar/music venue has a capacity of 225; it was obvious the patrons were there to dance. Even those sitting and enjoying a selection from the large beverage menu weren’t keeping still, bouncing legs and seat dancing. Once Blackburner took the stage, however, everyone was on their feet and entranced by the music.

Blackburner is the effort of Los Angeles-based Skyla Talon, who once was a metal vocalist and guitarist. Those roots show in the music, which has a hybrid sound comprised of dubstep, glitch, industrial, electronica, and some serious rock hooks.

Onstage, Blackburner is a duo: Skyla Talon is joined onstage by Drats, both donning evil bunny suits/headpieces. The costuming, complete with glowing eyes, are as interesting/fun/dark as their music and give their performance an extra bump. They’ve certainly set themselves apart from other acts. Although the masks are as slick as their sound, the rest of the suit also mimics the more raw and edgy aspects of the music.

This duo is definitely worth checking out if you have the chance.

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Colleen was always the kid with the camera, taking snapshots of anything and everything she found interesting. Fast-forward to her teen years, where she spent much spare time and money on seeing as many live rock 'n roll acts as possible, both established and up-and-coming bands, and having a camera in hand. Colleen works to capture those moments that draw the viewer in and define the mood and energy of the artists and their performances.

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