Sector 9 has hit the road again, recently gearing up for their big fall tour. They are doing something new this tour, playing in certain areas for multiple night-stands and then flying on to the next gig. They are playing a "dream team" of venues, highlights including The World in Brooklyn, NY, The Fillmore of San Francisco and the House of Blues in Chicago. This is something new for the guys that make up the Sound Tribe, as I'm sure they are used to long road trips on their tour bus from coast to coast. But if anyone has earned it, these guys have and this tour should be a big payoff. According to a recent press release, fans should expect to see many special guests and DJ's along the way.

While traversing the country, STS9 happens to be playing one of the biggest festivals of the post-summer, the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Austin City Limits, a live television show that runs with no commercials, has been on the air for almost 30 years and has hosted over 400 of the music industry's biggest names. This is the first festival they have ever put on and have been planning it for over a year. Later that night the 9 will be hitting up La Zona Rosa in Austin, TX as well.

The band recently started the tour at The Music Farm in Charleston, SC and then headed over to their old home base, Athens, GA. The Georgia Theater shows, held Friday September 7th and Saturday September 8th marked the return of the band to their "home away from home" in more than five months. Athens heads were very happy for the return of their hometown heroes and the reviews have been excellent.

Unfortunately, the band isn't hitting up Boston this time around, but we can't be greedy as we just had two days of the Tribe at the bomb that was Berkfest. They are coming within a few hours though; as they start out at The State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia then play The Trocadero in Philly and a new venue, The World in NYC. I know that many of us in the surrounding areas will be making the drive.

After that out to Texas, first playing Trees in Dallas, next Houston's Engine Room, and then moving on to Austin for a couple shows as noted above. After the last show in Austin on September 28th, the band is taking a three-week break, presumably to begin pre-production on their new studio disc. The record will be ready for release on Sector 9's new self-owned label, Sacred Sound Ascension, in the fall of 2003, but the band is in "no hurry," according to Hunter Brown, the group's guitarist. Also during their brief break, the band will be up for a Jammy in the category of Best Live Record for their recent release Seasons 01. I know I'll be there and I hope the guys will too.

After the hiatus the band plays their new hometown of San Francisco, California, Friday and Saturday nights, October 18th and 19th, at the legendary Fillmore. These too shows are sure to go down in STS9 history and will probably sell out, so get your tickets quick. After conquering the Fillmore yet again, the band moves on to the Midwest, first at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, WI and then heading to Chicago for a rockin' two-night-stand at the good ol' House of Blues.

Next the boys are back to their home state of Georgia, for another two-night stand, this time at the Roxy Theatre. They round out the second Southern leg of the tour at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. The next leg of the tour is also the longest and starts out with a three-night stand at the infamous Fox Theatre of Boulder, Colorado. I've heard many a great story of performances at the Fox and this stand will earn some of it's own I'm sure. After the Fox, they swing over to the "heady" Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO.

After tearing through the mountains the Sound Tribe will return to the Golden State and prepare for two shows at The Catalyst on December 5th and 6th before returning to gorgeous El Rey Theater on the 7th.

This tour is going to rage and should be pretty interesting, as Hunter has said, "the band has acquired some new acoustic and electronic instruments that we are excited to incorporate into the STS9 sound." Gather your inspiration and get ready to dance, the Tribe is coming to a town near you.

Sam Katz
JamBase | Boston
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[Published on: 9/9/02]

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