This is a seriously delayed post. The concert was last Saturday, and it was amazing. Truly amazing.
One of my greatest memories was being able to watch world-renowned jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves perform at the Cayman Jazz Festival. Not just because of how stunningly marvelous her voice is, or how wonderful the chemistry is between her and her band, but because I got to go with my grandfather. To see his reaction to the music blew me away. From the beginning of the show through the end, he had tears welling up in his eyes. It was truly a beautiful spectacle to behold, how deeply he was effected by the music. This was truly one of the best moments of my life. And now, I have had a brief glimpse of how he felt.
Although the tears were not through the entire concert, they came from the second STS9 started to play, and lasted through the first couple of songs. And I assure you, it had nothing to do with the copious amounts of smoke that filled the building.
I have to say that my biggest disappointment with St. Louis is the music scene. Not that its bad, but it doesn’t even begin to compare with that of DC. There is always a great show to see in DC. But there is one thing about this that is great: it seems that the energy required to go see numerous shows all saves itself up and by the time there is something great to see, St. Louis unleashes all their energy at once. I have never seen so many people dance so passionately for such an extended period of time. A sold-out show where everyone is dancing the entire 5 hours is truly a spectacle.
And of course, I haven’t even gotten to the music. The opening act, Lotus, was phenomenal. I had never heard their music before, but I will no longer be sleeping on them. Fast-paced, sophisticated disco that employs the use of a vocoder at all the right moments. The tempo changes and breakdowns were amazing, and gave the music a very dynamic feel. Honestly they were amazing.
And then, come the heroes of the night. Sound Tribe Sector 9. Amazing. For those not familiar with the group, it is a 5 member electronica/jam-band known for their live performances and one-take recording process. For those of you who have heard their records go see a show, it will blow you away. And for those who have seen a show, you already know what I’m talking about. I can’t even think of words to describe it. You just have to see them. They are without a doubt THE BEST LIVE ACT I HAVE EVER SEEN. EVER.
I will be downloading the recording of the St. Louis show, and when I do, I will post a few tracks online for people to listen to. Keep your eyes open for that. In the mean-time: