Vegas, the TRIBE way

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Photos by: SageTee Photography

The Music:

Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9)  is known for their ability to keep their fans on their toes. You NEVER really know what they might play, or how they will play it. It’s truly about the subtleties, transitions, and emotion behind every note. They can pull songs from their album “Wave Spell” or remix and revamp songs dormant for over a decade.

STS9 weaves their past, present, and future through their music. This band has the ability to instantly draw you in, make you move, feel part of one of the most special communities in music. Fans often clock over 15 shows a year, and are still always left craving more!

Below are a few musical highlights from the 3-night run in Las Vegas.

    1. May 4th Setlist! A HUGE shout out and many thanks to the dedicated fans in the STS9 Lounge and STS9 Fam Facebook groups for pointing this out.  On Friday night, STS9 had some hidden messages in their setlists.  Can you spot the message?  Hint– Check out the first letter of each song.Setlist courtesy of Dan Jenkins in STS9Lounge
    2. SQUISHFACE!  
      The Band opened up their second set on night 2 with an epic bust out of “Squishface”.  This was the first time live debut performance of Squishface originally on Peaceblaster.

 

The Fans:

STS9 defines their style as electronic jam band fusing funk, jazz, drum and bass, hip-hop and electronic music. Since STS9’s inception in the late 90’s, they have seamlessly toed the line between the jam band festival scene and a budding EDM culture. Featuring DJ’s such Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, and Big Gigantic as relatively unknown openers, Sound Tribe pushed forward a golden age of music and festival culture. STS9 continues to expose audiences to a new kind of dance music, with an esoteric new age ambiance. This band is not solely about the music, but it’s more of a movement that they themselves have been pioneering for the last two decades!

The people that contribute to this blog live, breath, eat, and sleep music.  We often times have our personal favorite musicians that lead us to become who we are today as music-lovers.  For me, that is Sound Tribe Sector 9.  I remember the first time I saw STS9 play live at the Chicago Theater in 2008- it was life changing!  Since that moment, I’ve been proud to call myself part of the Tribe Family and subsequently have met some truly amazing people along the way.

Below are just a few amazing things I saw from fans over the 3-night run in Las Vegas:

  1. 200th show
    One night three, I looked up and saw a white banner that said 200 in large letters.  An incredibly nice gentleman by the name of Adam was celebrating a huge victory- 200 shows with STS9.  He later stated to fellow Tribe fans:

  2. “Chicken Gobnuggets” 
    Sunday night got interesting, to say the least.  At one point during the show, fans brought out Chicken to the dancefloor and were proclaiming “CHICKEN GOBNUGGETS”.  STS9 has a song entitled Gobnugget, which is a fan favorite and the die-hard fans were having a little fun with the band and themselves. The meme above was created by Brandon, a fan of STS9.

THE NEW FESTIVAL:

WE TOLD YOU TO
NEVER MISS A SUNDAY SHOW!

On Sunday night, the last night of Sound Tribe Sector 9‘s 3- night run in Las Vegas, the band announced: “Take a look at the screens” as they disappeared from the stage taking their set break.  Below is what was projected…

STS9 announced to their fans that they will host Wave Spell Live, a four-day camping festival in Belden Town, CA from August 16th to 19th.  Rumors started swirling almost instantly that STS9’s festival will be so intimate that it’s expected to be under 2,000 tickets sold.  Nothing is for sure, but you don’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

According to the limited information given, it looks like Tribe will play three “Wave Spell” sets in addition to three full, two-set shows at their new festival.  For those of you that aren’t familiar with the band’s latest music releases, Wave Spell is STS9 in its rawest form. The band stated:

“WE DON’T TALK ABOUT WHAT WE WANT TO PLAY, WE JUST TRY AND TAP INTO THE MOMENT AND LET THE MUSIC HAPPEN. IT’S-A CONVERSATION WHERE WE SPEAK SOLELY WITH OUR INSTRUMENTS. A TIME WHERE WE’RE COMPLETELY FREE TO EXPLORE.”

If the band’s two Wave Spell releases are any indication, these three sets will be entirely improvised.

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON.

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