An Evening with STS9 in Nashville
Upon my arrival, people were staggered on the stairs hanging out and smoking, waiting for the night to come. I made my way through the lobby where a guy in a suit stopped me and handed me a large sticker with the number 9. He told me that he and his girlfriend were following STS9 on their tour and they had come from Colorado. He was just spreading the love, even if it was in a small way. The rest of the night, I swear, almost every single patron had a 9 sticker on their shirt.
Although they started 30 minutes late, STS9 brought fire through their opening. Beginning with “Forest Hu," leading into “Really What?” and finishing it off with “Four Year Puma." I think the perfect word would be grooving. I started dancing with some of the people around me. We were grooving along making up dance moves and connecting through the music. The energy in the room filled every single person and not even the guys hanging onto the front barrier were standing still. Everyone connected from all walks of life, and not one soul was dancing alone.
After the first set concluded, and there was an extremely refreshing intermission, the show began once again. Set II brought more songs from their latest album The Universe Inside, such as “World Go Round," “Hubble," and “Out of This World." They created their own atmosphere of positive vibes and creativity through their music. Even after four plus hours of dancing and jamming no one missed a beat, whether it was STS9 themselves or the dancing fans.
Sound Tribe Sector 9 played a great mix of their music, reaching all the way back to 2002 by playing “Eclipse” from Season 01. They filled War Memorial with an energy that can’t be explained and brought fire to a one of a kind venue. Through their music they connected every soul in the room and gave us an evening to never forget.
Photos by Hannah McDerman for Bullet Music