Groves at The Warfield, by Ria BurmanGROVES (photo: Ria Burman)

Photos and words by Ria Burman

GROVES, on tour with Culture Club this summer, warmed up The Warfield crowd Tuesday night with some rock-popping beats. The indie-pop-dance tunes of GROVES were catchy and contagious, like their enthusiasm and feel good vibes, which flowed through the auditorium, creating sway grooves and sweet-swirl dance moves. Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and Boy George joined Groves for their last song, performing a fun rendition of “Psycho Killer,” which brought the crowd to rapture.

Culture Club performed to a packed crowd, who dance-cheer-swayed in the balcony above and got down on the dance-floor-ground, to a sweet mix of old-school hits and new-time tunes. The cheeky charming charisma of Boy George, opening in a rainbow suit with matching hat, led Culture Club through a sweet set, delivering anecdotes, fun facts and small stories between songs, like stepping stones.

Finishing with a variety of an encore, Culture Club took the crowd through a country-blues twist with the Johnny Cash inspired, “Truth Is A Runaway Train,” performed the people pleaser, “Karma Chameleon” and left the crowd rocking and rolling to T. Rex’s “Get It On.”

If you’ve yet to hear GROVES, check out their latest single “Swim” and check out Culture Club’s gem of a new(ish) tune “More Than Silence.” It’s the awesome of the ’80s…now!