Sound Tribe Sector Nine Rocks Boulder
The electronic five piece jam band stormed the Boulder Theater 9/4/08
Hundreds of ticketless fans wait for a miracle outside Sound Tribe Sector Nine’s Boulder Theatre show Thursday night. This much anticipated fan club show has been sold out for months and marks the beginning of the end for STS9’s summer tour.
They will headline two shows at Redrocks Amphitheatre starting tonight capping of a long summer of constant touring. The Boulder Theater tickets were only available through STS9’s website in a package deal with both Redrocks shows. Only the most devoted fans had tickets.
Jason Cleveland of Florida threw his bachelor party with 12 of his closest friends last night at STS9.
“I’m not really a tour kid, I enjoy music you know, sound tribe just grabbed me by the gonads,” Said Cleveland, “With tribe its go go go go go,” he later added.
And off they went. STS9 opened with the crowd pleaser Arigato. Instantly people were dancing in the aisles and pounding their collective fists in the air. Objective journalism took a back seat as the Theater’s energy exploded in a furry of bouncing bodies to STS9’s deep tribal groves. Everyone knew something special was bound to unfold.
STS9’s instruments didn’t leave their hands for the next five songs: Monkey, 1103, a stellar Mischief of a Sleep Walker into an inspirational Breath In followed by This Us. Bassist David “Murph” Murphy seemed to have an extra bounce in his step while playing the funky back beat to This US. The set closed with a heart pounding Open E. The intensity of Open E represents what STS9 is famous for.
According to their website, STS9 is a Santa Cruz-based, 5-piece electronic jam band who makes their living playing live concerts. Live improvisation along with the fusing of multiple styles creates a one of a kind concert experience.
STS9’s Online Content Distributor, Jim stiepher who has been a fan of STS9 for the last ten years, said, “The crowd was pretty hyped everybody here has sure has seen Sound Tribe a few times, it was hot and sweaty in here, it was perfect.”
The heat continued to rise into the second set where they opened with Be Nice.
“They are playing old s--- obviously trying to carter to the crowd,” Clevland said.
STS9 recently released their 5th album, Peaceblaster, this past summer and have been playing the new songs heavily ever since. Last night not one track of Peaceblaster made it to the stage. In doing so STS9 gave the fan club only show a nostalgic treat. Not one note flew off the stage without pounding applause.
STS9 feed off the intensity of the crowd while the crowd reciprocated elevating all involved higher and higher. Be Nice flawlessly jammed into Grow and into F Word. The opening rifts of Peoples followed suit and within seconds the Boulder Theatre crowd ascended to an even greater plain of noise and all out raucousness.
The next two songs, Yes NO and Move My Peeps, mellowed out a bit giving everyone a chance to catch their breath for what was to come. Tokyo finished off the set lighting the room on fire once again.
William Stewart flew to Denver from Park City to see all three shows. Stewart gave the show a nine out of ten due to the many classics performed last night. Stewart considers himself a “medium core” fan and has seen around 15 shows.
A communal vibe filled the room as everyone cheered STS9 into their encore. Minutes appeared to be hours waiting for STS9 to take the stage for the final time last night. When they finally took the stage people looked as if they were nearing the end of a great back massage, relaxed, happy and sad to see it all end so soon.
STS9 began the encore with Mobsters/S/Unreality. Their tight riffs and powerful bass lines highlighted the encore performance. The final song EB gave everyone in the room a shock. Local artist Scott Rohedron freestyled over STS9 igniting the crowd for the last time.
There is something special about STS9 in Boulder, Stiepher notes. Many crew members and managers currently reside in Boulder and members of the band have lived in the area as well. Whatever the reason may be STS9 draws large inspired crowds every time they come to Colorado, last night was no exception.
“How would I Rate it? Pretty dope… I give it a nine out of ten. I mean nobody gets a 10 unless , well they go to an 11,” Stiepher said.
Mischief of a sleep walker
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