Michal Menert, who had the honor of kicking off this anticipated show was a perfect selection. This was not the legendary electric-soul producers first rodeo and he got the party off to a raucous start. Sampling his vast catalog, he created tracks that had the crowd dancing throughout his adventurous set. Never relying too much on any particular style, Menert kept the beats fresh and kept the crowd on their toes. Just when the dancing fans got to comfortable on any particular beat, heart attack inducing bass drops, separated the masterful tracks. He is certainty not new on the scene but I can't see his popularity having a ceiling.
The second set relied mostly of funked- up versions of originals, although The Tribe still had a few tricks up their sleeve. The last stanza got off to a rousing start with” Still Blastin’2028 Live Edit (Sub ID)” into “Four Year Puma.” This laid out the road map to the second set. Treasured songs played with extra mustard wrapping around and dipping and diving into each other. The band was firing on all cylinders as the crowd danced in a tribal fashion. The light show was impressive and complimented the music beautifully. The Halloween theme would shine as the meat in a masterful musical sandwich that made up the majority of the second set. “Dance>Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off)>Dance>Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off)>Dance”. This piece of music was the catalyst to that place we all chase as we danced without a care in the world. The colossal show ended with strong versions of “World Go Round” and “Ramone and Emiglio” absorbing the last bit of the energy left in the room. The band left the stage with the crowd in pure bliss. Sound Tribe delivered in every facet this magical night and everybody felt it. But they still had one more treat saved for the Nashville faithful.
STS9 returned to the stage receiving love and praise as the exhausted crowd was woozy but still on their feet. The disco helmets were back where they belonged, on the stage, as the band launched into the perfect encore in the form of the coveted “Shakedown Street”. I could not think of a more fitting way to end this special night of funk than tipping your musical cap to the freaks that started it all. My old ass danced to this monster electronica version of this classic to end this phenomenal night and I had one of those flashes that I been there before. On this night of tricks, STS9 fans got the biggest treat they could have asked for. This new line-up is not only up to the past, but the future has not shined this bright in many a year.
Words: Kevin Long
Photos: Ellis Jones IV
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