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[Review] STS9 Live in Charlotte – April ’17

STS9 tears the roof straight off of The Fillmore with two fire sets!

     The time had finally come for one of this country’s greatest jam bands of all time to get together for an unforgettable performance in the Queen City. The band certainly didn’t disappoint on their most recent stop through the Fillmore Charlotte on their Get Loud Tour (which is also the title of their most recent album.)  They treated us with two beautiful sets and played 18 different songs for well over 2 hours combined.  Everything was on point from the lights, to the crowd – even the atmosphere, and once Tribe took the stage everyone let go and settled into the groove that is a Sound Tribe Sector 9 live event. Something out of a dream.       The commencement of set one started off with a bang. The first four tracks of set one all went into one another with no break in between – and although this is common for the semi-improvisational band, it’s still very impressive considering that those four songs took over half their 66 minute first set. The first few included Forest Hu going into Really Wut. Eventually everything shifted into “Kamuy,” which had a special guest, Percussionist Zach Para, from the opening band, City of the Sun, who also played a Cajun wooden drum box for an incredible drum off with Jeffree from STS9. The talented ensemble then proceeded to tear up their song “Shock Doctrine” with a massive alien-spaced-out funk jam. The band performed several other incredible songs including the likes of Walk to the Light, Move My Peeps, and New Dawn, New Day, which had the entire crowd swaying from side to side, chanting the repetitive yet catchy chorus throughout the song’s performance.

    Once they stepped off stage, the crowd restlessly tried finding something to keep themselves occupied for what felt like an endless intermission. But after a few walks around the venue, the lights dimmed, and the band set foot back on stage.Set two opened up with a stellar version of “Golden Gate” which in the blink of an eye, turned into a rare gem that STS9 rarely busts out called “118” (known as Pink Sword in older setlists). The performance was second to none.

     Before everyone knew it, Tribe was treating the crowd with two special tracks off the new album, The Universe Inside: “Worry No More” directly into “Get Loud“. Shortly after that intense display of true artistry, they pulled out a super dope cover of their remix to The Bloody Beetroots’ banging track “Awesome ft. Cool Kids” which eventually led into “Unquestionable Supremacy of Nature.” They closed the set off with two more popular tracks, “Inspire Strikes Back” then back into “Unquestionable…”.

   It couldn’t have been more than 2 minutes that the whole band stepped off stage, as they bid Charlotte farewell, before they all got back into formation and picked up their instruments to play a few last songs for their fans.  The encore was only two tracks but we were blessed with a nice rendition of “Firewall” directly into an old school favorite, “Baraka.” The entire encore felt like a lifetime of Tribe was being packed into fifteen awesome minutes. These Atlanta animals truly know how to deliver an exciting live experience.




     STS9 has a sound that is quite difficult to pinpoint. They blend so many different genres in their live instrumental performances meshing rock, blues, jazz, improv, funk, hip hop, psychedelia, drum & bass, and other electronica to create their truly unique footprint on the musical world. The light show is always a promised visual treat, too, adding another sensory aspect to the equation.  The eclectic band tours often, more than most live bands.

       Their huge presence in the music festival scene has helped spread their name as well, headlining big festival gatherings such as Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Moogfest, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, and Electric Forest as well as their own ReGeneration Festival in ‘07 and‘13. Not to mention multi-day, sold-out shows at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado each year. With an extensive catalog of original tracks, and their commitment to touring, STS9 are sure to be a heavyweight band in the jam band music scene for years to come

  Mad love to Zyven & The Charlotte Sessions for having me out to this show! Hopefully this wont be the last time you see me writing a review for them. Big ups to Hunter Brown, Alana Rocklin, Jeffree Lerner, David Phipps, & Zach Velmer, aka, STS9. Check out my company’s website @

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