The Mutaytor: Burning Man Cabaret
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As the, more or less, self-proclaimed house band of Burning Man, Mutaytor also embraces many of these greater ambitions by sharing the stage with a bevy of varied performers and can be largely likened to seeing a super-charged cabaret act, including belly-dancers, fire-dancers (without fire at the Mezzanine, damn firecode restrictions!), hula-hoopers (both on the ground and in the air) and one number featuring an ornate Chinese dragon. It is all quite a visual spectacle and never dull.
And all this is without yet mentioning the music- which is a driving, primal-rhythm based dance music with a 3-piece horn section. The music is high energy dance music that does not fall victim to the mind-numbing repetition of techno. The band also features John Avila on bass whose most famous stint was with the 80’s New Wave band Oingo Boingo. He appears rather gnome-like on stage surrounded by all the perfectly toned young dancers, but he is clearly a great musical talent- as is the rest of the band. At the Mezzanie, they were also joined by Jane's Addiction drummer, Stephen Perkins, who added a real rocking kick to the percussion section.
The band does not really need the visual distractions of a Chinese Dragon on stage but brings along all the additional performers because they want to and really who can complain? It was a tremendously fun show.
Check out a video of Mutaytor at Burning Man 2007 here.