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Concert Reviews:
Joe Jonas and DNCE dance the night away at the Magic Bag
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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FERNDALE -- Whether it's the Greatest Tour Ever, as its title purports, is certainly up for debate.

But for Jonas Brothers fans there was no denying that a chance to see one of the guys -- middle brother Joe -- up close and personal on Thursday night, Nov. 19, at the Magic Bag, was a special occasion indeed.

With the group on indefinite ice, Jonas is out on the road introducing the world to DNCE, a dance-pop quartet he started with JoBros touring drummer Jack Lawless. At this juncture the group has just one four-song EP, "SWAAY," and climbing single in "Cake By the Ocean." But that certainly didn't temper his overwhelmingly young and female fans' enthusiasm in the least, as Thursday's show sold out immediately and the Magic Bag was filled with the same screams Jonas heard when he and his brothers played at the Fox Theatre, the Palace and the DTE Energy Music Theatre.

The relative lack of material, of course, meant it wasn't going to be a long night -- 10 songs over the course of 50 minutes, hardly enough time for fans to come to grips with the fact that really was Joe (!) just a few feet away from them. But it was an energetic encounter, starting with the urgent propulsion of "DNCE" and the cheeky "SWAAY" track "Pay My Rent." DNCE played some unreleased material such as "Naked" and "Body Moves," adding a snippet of the Police favorite "Roxanne" to the former and bits of Prince's "Kiss" and James Brown's "Sex Machine" to the latter. The group also rolled through medley of TLC's "Waterfalls" and "No Scrubs," a snippet of the Police's "Roxanne."

And while the locale didn't exactly allow for the high-tech staging, DNCE still provided a bit of eye candy -- mylar balloons that spelled out the group's name, cardboard cutouts around the back of the stage, a shopping cart that served as a stand for Cole Whittle's keyboards. And there was a confetti shower at the end of "Cake By the Ocean" as the troupe took its bows, brandishing a faux trophy as Queen's "We Are the Champions" played over the P.A.

It was a winning introduction, one that surely made DNCE some friends and will generate favorable word of mouth to those who couldn't get in. "You want us to come back later?" Jonas asked at one point; suffice to say the response was loudly in the affirmative.

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