More successful was L.A. band Dengue Fever, who were making their Hollywood Bowl debut. The band, which combines ’60s & ’70s Cambodian pop with American guitar rock and fantastic polyrhythms, filled the stage, and the Bowl, with their music. They were perfectly at home on the big platform, and the crowd, nibbling on their cheese and crackers and sipping their white wine, seemed to really enjoy their set.
It’s a good thing that both Dengue Fever and Of Montreal went on before Grace Jones, though. She lorded above her openers like Godzilla among Tokyo high-rises. In fact, L.A. is just lucky that as she left the stage (after a memorable version of “Pull Up to the Bumper”) she didn’t grab the Bowl shell like a croquet wicket and carry it back to Paris with her.