There he was, all the way across the club but with a presence larger than the Chrysler Building. Flailing like a balloon quickly inflated and popped, over and over. Howling, strutting, hyperextending his vertebrae as if continually struck by lightning. He was Jamie Lidell
, the opening act I’d never heard of, and he completely blew my goddamned mind with his live, all-vocal loops and frenzied showmanship. That was five years ago, and Lidell’s white-guy soul chops have only amplified since. With an in-the-pocket live band including analog synthesizers and bongos, and a ferociously danceable new album, Compass
, Lidell is poised to totally blow away a dance floor full of sweaty Petalumans on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 N. Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 9pm. $20. 707.762.3565.