Currently in the midst of an extensive fall tour, Sound Tribe Sector 9 made their annual fall appearance in Philadelphia, this past Friday. With their spaceship parked above the Fillmore, these five astronauts descended onto the stage and delivered  a jam-packed, funk-filled performance.

Despite starting the show a little late, the band came out quietly, assumed position, and started the first set on the right foot. The crowd got to dancing early as they were treated to You Don’t Say > March > Monkey Music from the gate. In the middle of their set, they played their remix of Awesome, by Bloody Beetroots featuring the Cool Kids, just proving that they can really play anything. Ending with a very melodic Circus, the first set did not disappoint.

After a brief set break, the band came out for round 2, busting out a nostalgic Moonsocket. From there, they slowed things down with So It Goes but gained momentum over the bass-heavy EHM. To go along with the music in this set, it appeared as though Sts9’s light designer, Saxton Waller, was getting into the groove as well. His light show was very visually stimulating to view in person, and it only seemed to intensify as the night went on. After playing a ROCKING Scheme and ending with Rent, the second set ended and it was clear to everyone that Sts9 meant business. The band closed out the night with a marvelous three song encore, which included a We’ll Make it in Our Dreams sandwich, with some Oil & Water flavor in the middle.

After nearly three hours of straight grooving, Sts9 killed the Philadelphia Fillmore. While it was sad to see them exit the stage, it was obvious that the crowd had a blast. Sound Tribe Sector 9, the city of Philadelphia loves you and will continue to welcome you back, year after year.

Full Setlist:

Set I:
You Don’t Say > March > Monkey Music, To The World > Kaya, Poseidon, Awesome (BloodyBeetroots ft Cool Kids) > The Unquestionable Supremacy of Nature, Circus
Set II:
Moonsocket > So It Goes > EHM, Hi-Key, Scheme*, Frequencies 2-3, Out of This World > Rent

Give & Take > We’ll Meet In Our Dreams > Oil & Water$ > We’ll Meet In Our Dreams

* 1103 jam
$ Inverted, water section played first then back into ending of oil and water

For a full photo gallery of the show, please visit our Facebook page.

Couldn’t make it to the show? We got you covered. Look below for a full recap stream, courtesy of J Mar.


Written by Miles Riddle

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