LiveDC: Peaches DJ Extravaganza @ The Howard Theatre (NSFW)
[email protected] | Oct 8, 2012 | 9:45AM |

All photos: Katherine Gaines, All words: Shona Fenner.

Peaches tries to make her performances the stuff of legend. She is a DIY electro punk priestess who knows how to push the envelope. You might expect this incredible performer to be a little less intense when DJing, but that is certainly not the case. Peaches behind the decks is no different than that crazy, foul mouthed songstress we all know from the dance floors of a few years ago. I will attempt to give you folks a synopsis of the DJ Extravaganza experience but if you are short on time or would rather just watch a video then check this out.

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I saw Peaches live about 4 years ago and was pretty shocked back then. I’m not ashamed to say that her DJ Extravaganza had that same shock value. I’ll go as far as to say that parts of the performance left me a little offended. It seems like I might be a little too sensitive, or maybe just not as drunk as the majority of the audience. She is known for challenging gender norms and writing some really sexually explicit lyrics. The shock value that other artists strive for comes naturally to Peaches. Lady Gaga dreams about having a career as long and as outrageous as this.

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Peaches jumps up on the decks, stands on them, pops bottle after bottle of champagne, and manages to still be the center of attention when flanked my two backup dancers that appear dressed up like hypersexual monster caricatures of themselves. The gender-bending backup dancers spent more of the time thrusting at us and wearing outfits that left nothing to the imagination. The dancers were outfitted with huge stuffed tits, decorative codpieces, a procession of different masks, and then at some points they didn’t bother with “clothes” at all and the fake boobs were replaced with real ones. During this whole time I saw quite a bit of man-ass, much more than I was prepared to see. Just when the act would regain some sense of normalcy everyone on stage would start humping each other or faking a blowjob and we were reminded that this is A SHOW.

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All of these shenanigans, nudity and champagne spraying included, were presented to an audience that definitely did not fill the space. I’m thinking that’s part of the reason that I continually felt uncomfortable and singled out by whatever perversion was on stage. There just weren’t enough bodies to make us feel anonymous. I just stood in the back and located every hot mess in the room, tracking them lifeguard style. I spent much of the show watching a lady who literally couldn’t stand still as she ricocheted from center stage to the middle of the crowd, then to the back of the room and all the way back up front again. Some people were soaking up every drop of in-your- face weirdness and every drop of champagne, huddled close to the stage edge with their hands in the air. This was most apparent to me when Peaches and her dancers unrolled a big yellow sheet with “CUM RAG” written on it and popped open two more bottles.  The small groups of super-fans in the front waved their hands in the air for more and were showered in champagne foam as a reward.

The levels of ridiculousness and dirty scandal at Peaches DJ Extravaganza were considerably higher than The Howard Theatre is used to. I caught a couple staff members staring at the stage with a sort of confused look on their faces. Having this DJ production at this venue didn’t make too much sense to me but Peaches didn’t seem to mind. I can only imagine how outrageous this could have become in a packed venue. The thought of that sort of scares me.

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