The electronic five-piece jam band stormed the Boulder Theater and Red Rocks
The much-anticipated fan club STS9 show has been sold out for months and marks the beginning of the end of the band’s summer tour.
They will headline two shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The Boulder Theater tickets were only available through STS9’s Web site in a package deal with both Red Rocks shows.
Jason Cleveland of Florida threw his bachelor party with 12 of his closest friends last night at STS9.
“I’m not really a tour kid, I enjoy music you know, Sound Tribe just grabbed me by the gonads,” said Cleveland. “With Tribe it’s go go go go go.”
And off they went. STS9 opened with the crowd pleaser Arigato. Instantly, people were dancing in the aisles and pounding their collective fists in the air.
STS9’s instruments didn’t leave their hands when they played “Monkey,” “1103,” “Mischief of a Sleep Walker, “Breath In” and “This Us.”
According to their Web site, STS9 is a Santa Cruz-based electronic jam band that thrives on live shows. They pride themselves on making each concert a unique experience.
The heat continued to rise into the second set, which opened with “Be Nice.”
“They are playing old (music) obviously trying to cater to the crowd,” Cleveland said.
STS9 recently released their fifth album, Peaceblaster, earlier this year and have been emphasizing songs from the album ever since. Last night, not one track of Peaceblaster made it to the stage. In doing so, STS9 gave the fan club only show a nostalgic treat. Not one note flew off the stage without pounding applause throughout the rest of the show.
A communal vibe filled the room as everyone cheered STS9 into their encore. Minutes appeared to be hours waiting for STS9 to take the stage for the final time last night. When they finally took the stage, people looked as if they were nearing the end of a great back massage, relaxed, happy and sad to see it all end so soon.
There is something special about STS9 in Boulder, STS9’s Online Content Distributor, Jim Stiepher notes. Many crewmembers and managers currently reside in Boulder and members of the band have lived in the area as well. Whatever the reason may be, STS9 draws large inspired crowds every time they come to Colorado, and last night was no exception.
“How would I rate it? Pretty dope. I give it a nine out of 10. I mean nobody gets a 10 unless , well they go to an 11,” Stiepher said.
Mischief of a sleep walker
Contact CU Independent Jimy Valenti at James.Valenti@colorado.edu