Palace Theatre got a taste of French Kiwi Juice (FKJ) this Wednesday night. Packing his ensemble of instruments and stacks of hardware, Vincent Fenton also brought his entire living room across the US to present the coziest stage of the year.
A pioneer of many genres, FKJ played over 90 minutes of soul, jazz, rock, and plenty more, keeping fans on their toes as he looped his beats and riffs live on-stage.
FKJ made his entrance at 9:00 sharp, walking through the door to throw “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” on his turntable. Palace attendees fell silent as vinyl pops filled the venue, and Fenton laid back on his couch.
Before anyone knew it, the BPM kicked up and FKJ took to the decks to mix into his opening song.
As a nod to his journey through 2020, FKJ put careful consideration into his set design. It felt like thousands of people had entered Vincent’s own living room to revel in a home-grown jam session with a man and his musical passion.
I kept mostly on the floor, rocking with GA fans, but part of me is jealous of attendees seated on Palace’s balcony. There’s something so beautifully mesmerizing about watching FKJ’s music come to life, one measure at a time, that I wouldn’t mind sitting and just observing (like these lucky fans in Paris, 2017).
Twice on Wednesday night the group paused to break away from the setlist to improvise (each stop of the tour receives a fresh take). It was easily the highlight of the night to watch this come to life, and considering the high energy these jams contained, I’d say our Minnesota crowd should feel very pleased with the energy we created in the studio today.