Matty's on the Drive, a Wilton Manors staple, celebrated its fourth anniversary with chatter about acceptance, drag queens hanging around in street clothes, gays in baseball caps, and genuinely excited Lady Miss Kier superfans. The former Deee-Lite frontwoman brought a butt-ton of attitude, following up Saturday's DJ set with a live performance of Deee-Lite favorites and her own songs on a very tropical stormy Sunday night.
The show was moved inside thanks to the whipping winds of Isaac. Lady Kier was crowded, with her band, into the corner of the bar. Halfway through her set, it became completely clear that the nineties were about a million more times fun than the aughts. Much of that obnoxious nostalgia bred on the web is actually warranted.
Matty's is a video bar, so, before her performance, we caught up on the newest J.Lo, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna looks and songs. A Rihanna video elicited a piercing scream at one point. A song by Nadia Ali played on the TVs, and our companion and videographer for the evening artist Dylan Romer noted, "I don't know, but she reminds me of PJ Harvey a little bit." Oddly enough, it made sense.
A group of heavy duty Kier admirers arrived at 3:30 in the afternoon. It was at least four hours later that the Lady hit the stage. Matty stood before us and told us of the songstress' upcoming world tour, kicking off in Vegas in December. It took her a while to make her way to the stage through the fans' pawing. "Anticipation is such a long word," he said.
She was helped onto the stage, to screams of, "De gorgeous!" Kier has, as my friend said, "boobs and a a butt" highlighted by a magenta sequined bandeau under a silver body suit dripping with beads. Her crown resembled that of the Statue of Liberty. It was all you could hope Lady Kier would be wearing and more. She was even barefoot. Incredibly fab. Then she got funky.