STS9 came to Chicago this Valentine’s Day for a meteoric two-night performance. The famed electronic jam band stepped onto the stage in front of their ride-or-die fans roaring to get down to live instruments fused with digital beats. Ready? Blast off.
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Living in Chicago in the wintertime is no easy task. It’s almost like Sound Tribe Sector 9 knew that during this snowy winter weekend, Chicagoans were missing their outdoor summer music festivals, suffering from cabin fever, super pale due to lack of sunshine and NEEDED a boogie weekend to stay sane.
STS9 played two nights in Chicago, on Saturday the 13th at the Aragon Ballroom on W. Lawrence and Winthrop Ave. (as we say “up North”). On Sunday the 14th the band spread the love on Valentines Day at House of Blues, a personal favorite venue for CC and Dani.
STS9 uses their innovative sound of electronic and jam with a mixture of visually stimulating light shows to create the perfect ear-&-eye-gasms (thanks for all that you do Saxton Waller and special appearance by @thelazershark who lit up the Aragon Ballroon). It really is something for your senses to crave until the next time you are lucky enough to find yourself amidst true musical magic.
Sector 9 seriously ROCKED it at each venue and the different atmospheres really helped to shape the show experience into something galactic – some would say the tribe is on fire right now. Bass guitarist Alana Rocklin commands the stage Goddess style, and longtime band members like David Phipps (keyboards), Jeffree Lerner (percussion/handsonic), and Zach Velmer (drums) continue to show fans what it means to have a good time.
The fans are something to love just as much as the band. This is one of the most diverse crowds you’ll ever find, from dreads to collard shirts. The one thing everyone has in common is love, peace and dance. The dolls have seen sound tribe a handful of times at this point and the fans are always the best.
Look around you during the show and you’ll quickly see that every single person is having the time of their life – feeling the music in their soul and knowing that in this moment, everything is just as it should be.
This is a peaceful crowd and everyone is there to spread the love.
Shout out to those gracious to let the shorty’s stand in front of them to get a great view and during most points of the show everyone is “no talking, just dancing.”
When the lights turned reggae, the crowd knew we were in the treat and everyone sang along to “Could You Be Loved” – perfectly covered by our jamtronica friends.
The Dolls brought our boyfriends to the show, who proved to be true Spiritual Gangsters. Sharing an experience on a special occasion like Valentine’s Day leads to lasting memories we couldn’t be happier to share.
The Chicago shows marked the end of Sound Tribe’s winter tour. We are literally counting down the days until we get to see STS9 again at Electric Forest… 128 days. Tick Tock!