Brooklyn Bowl carries the torch for live electronic music

Flight Facilities perform at Brooklyn Bowl on February 28.
Erik Kabik

On February 28, you could have seen Canadian duo Adventure Club DJ at Drai’s Nightclub. Roughly three hours before that, you could have seen an act Adventure Club has famously remixed, Flight Facilities, perform just a short walk up the Strip at Brooklyn Bowl. That scenario is unique, as local clubbers rarely get to hear the live and/or unremixed versions of the anthems they dance to nightly. (New York and LA still have that advantage over us.) Brooklyn Bowl has thrown us a few bones, however, having previously hosted acts from Disclosure and Flume to Bonobo and Kygo.

Its Flight Facilities show might have drawn fewer bodies than Drai’s that night, but it introduced Las Vegas to another festival dance-tent fixture, which was able to exhibit most of its songs in their native form, not hacked up for a jumpy dancefloor. Not that Jimmy Lyell and Hugo Gruzman didn’t get bodies moving with four-on-the-floor Euro house hits like “Down to Earth” and “Crave You.” And the two evoked Daft Punk through live-mixing “Stand Still” with “Why Do You Feel” and “Foreign Language” with Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You.” With added samples and touring vocalists Owl Eyes and Kurt Kristen, Flight Facilities allowed for a more stimulating groove—and Brooklyn Bowl made the case again for a different kind of Strip nightlife.

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