Electro-funk jam band Sound Tribe Sector (STS9) and special guests Jade Cicada and SunSquabi will be live in concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
Founded in Georgia in the late ’90s, Sound Tribe Sector 9 (later STS9) quickly refined a style of dub-influenced, breakbeat-infused, psychedelic music with a heavy emphasis on group improvisation, comparable to the work of jam band peers such as the Disco Biscuits and the New Deal. The group’s debut effort, 1998’s “Interplanetary Escape Vehicle”, was recorded soon after their formation providing only scant hints of the sound the band would develop, instead focusing on instrumental funk and jazz grooves. With the addition of percussionist Jeffree Lerner in 1999, the sound of the band — Hunter Brown (guitar/sequences), David Phipps (keyboards/synths), Zach Velmer (drums), and David Murphy (bass) — solidified into a powerfully original, highly danceable tapestry.
In 2016, STS9 released the funky “The Universe Inside”, inspired by Carl Sagan’s “Golden Records”, which were sent into space in the hopes of communicating with alien life. “Universe’s” opening track “Supercluster” included samples from the original NASA STS-9 transmission, a fitting full-circle journey for the band. The LP debuted in the Top 5 of both the Billboard Dance/Electronic and Heatseekers charts, as well as the Top 40 on the Independent chart.
Jade is a material thought by the ancient Chinese to be crystallized moonlight that has fallen to earth to spread wisdom and peace. Cicadas symbolize rebirth, metamorphosis, and illumination, and with their dying breath sing with such power that their chorus of song is among the loudest in nature. Jade Cicada’s music is a reflection of these ideas, and a constant homage to those who have inspired him.
A three-piece suit named SunSquabi has been catching the eyes and ears of music fans around the world with their break out year in 2016. The band unveiled their debut EP with All Good Records, titled “Odyssey”, which featured artists GRiZ and Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic. SunSquabi continues to break down and analyze the expectations of what a “Live-Electronic” band should be.
Doors 4:00pm / Show 5:30pm
Visit the St. Augustine Amphitheatre website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box office.