If you live in Santa Barbara, San Diego, Orange County or Los Angeles there is a band coming our way that you do NOT want to miss. Sound Tribe Sector 9 is a band onto a refreshing new musical path and they have completely changed the way that I listen to live improvisational music. Sector 9 have created music that is completely egoless, spiritual, beautiful, healing, mind-warping, and it is physically impossible not to dance your ass off at these shows. Some say they are a live techno band with “jam-band” tendencies while others say they are a “jam-band” that uses a techno-like approach. I don’t feel either description comes even close to what this band is about. Yes, they re-create sounds that you may have heard on a turntable including drum and bass, jungle, trance, European house music, and even classic funk, but every jam touches your soul directly. They are five incredibly talented musicians who tap into pure human emotions. Some jams are introspective while others are purely cathartic. The tribal-sounding groove that this band creates is almost indescribable, you just have to hear it and see it to believe it. Don’t come looking for huge lead solos, experimental guitar riffs, or any vocals because they focus on entirely instrumental jamming as a unit. You can step into the sector this week with THREE shows. The good news is that Sector9 are not the only treat we have in store for us this week and weekend. It is a music-lovers paradise starting today!

Wednesday / April 11th
Sound Tribe Sector 9’s first local stop is tonight in Santa Barbara at Victoria Hall. This is also a very special event brought to us by the good people at Pillow Talk Productions and all the proceeds from the show benefit the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. Sun Flo, a trance-fusion band from Venice-Beach, CA open the show and there will be a silent auction during the break between bands. San Francisco’s own funk kings Tree o' Frogs make their So-Cal debut tonight as well at 14 Below in Santa Monica. Down the coast in San Diego you can take off your shoes and dance to some incredible bluegrass picking with Burlington Vermont’s own Smokin' Grass.

Thursday / April 12th
Tonight Sound Tribe Sector 9 drive about 3 hours down the coast to Santa Ana to play at The Galaxy Concert Theatre for round #2. Tree ‘o Frogs drive up those coast to Santa Barbara and play at The Jolly Tiger Lounge. San Diego’s own PsydeCar play at the Hard Rock Café in Downtown San Diego as well. Two good shows in the LA area to talk about also. Smokin’ Grass play at 14 Below and a brand new band to hit the scene called Harmala will be playing at Goldfingers in Hollywood. Harmala are an eclectic mix of jam rock, punk, and classic rock and roll influences and have been tearing it up in front of stunned audiences around the city.

Friday / April 13th
Yes, its Friday the 13th but I don’t think that any of the bands playing will scare you unless you let them. Sound Tribe Sector 9 play their final show in the area before heading to the East Coast for another tour next week. They play tonight at the gorgeous El Rey Theater near the La Brea tar-pits on Wilshire Blvd. Performance artist and naked blue violinist Blue Girl opens the show and this will be an ALL AGES event and there will be absolutely NO CURFIEW this night so the fun will last into the wee hours. This will be an event you do not want to miss so definitely pick up your tickets as soon as you can because I hear they are selling quickly. You can get these tickets at the House of Blues box office for no sur-charge. Rising local funk stars Mama Sutra also play tonight for free at Club Lush in Santa Monica. Mama Sutra did a smoking combination of Phish’s "YEM" segued into Herbie Hancock’s "Chameleon" back into "YEM" the last time I saw them play. Grammy Award winners Bela Fleck and the Flecktones play in San Diego tonight as well at the majestic Spreckles Theatre.

Saturday / April 14th
Tree o' Frogs drive back down the coast tonight to Winstons in San Diego. Fresh from a victorious sell-out show in San Francisco last weekend, local funk heroes Particle return for a big two set show at Temple Bar in Santa Monica. PsydeCar will also be playing a few blocks down the street at 14 Below with Liquid Foundation.

Well, that’s it folks. Possibly one of the most musically diverse and exciting weeks in Southern California yet and I hope to see you all out there in grooving fashion. Also I want to bring an incredible festival to your attention that is coming up on May 19th. The Funkyard Music Festival in Long Beach will feature many of the hottest acts in local and national funk and jam scene today including Particle, Greyhounds, Merl Saunders, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Vinyl, and the return of Steve Kimock Band. For more information on vending, location, tickets, bands, etc you can visit the Funkyard Website. WOO HOO!!!!

Erik Koral
JamBase So-Cal Correspondent
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[Published on: 4/11/01]

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