Tears the Roof off the 9:30 Club to Conclude a Sold Out 3 Night Run
By Andrew • John Shore Photography (John Shore & Liz Puloka) • Edits by Jay Donnell
Thievery Corporation’s sold out three night run at the 9:30 Club was nothing short of phenomenal. The tour began at the Fillmore in Philly including stops at Terminal 5, House of Blues Boston, and concluding with a three night sold out run at the 9:30 Club. In between was a nice little trip to Cancun, MX. The final night was a solid take with a show somewhat resembling the first night of the run on Thursday. Highlights included Lou Lou on “Firelight,” a strong “Holographic Universe” with Lif & Lou Lou, Puma’s reggae’d out version of “Fire on the Mountain,” Natalia on “All That We Perceive,” and of course a roaring “Warning Shots” with Sleepy Wonder, Rootz, Zeebo, and Puma to close out the set. This was the encore to end this leg of the Thievery tour, with only one date remaining – NYE at Emo’s in Austin.
We got six encores on the third night, which is further proof that 9:30 Club is one of the venues you should definitely catch a Thievery show. Sure, it isn’t as picturesque as Red Rocks, but the performances at 9:30 Club were notable nonetheless. The band shined on “Forgotten People,” Lou Lou performed a stunning “Le Monde,” Rob Myers gave us a sitar driven journey on Lebanese Blonde, and to close out the night we got a Richest Man in Babylon featuring Sleepy, Puma, Zeebo, and Rootz on vocals. They were joined by Rex Riddem of DC’s reggae outfit, Nappy Riddem.
“It was an honor to join them on stage. Eric and Rob are truly impeccable at what they do and have been a huge inspiration. There’s nothing like Geller telling you you’re needed for the encore. Nothing says holidays like seeing the whole team takeover the 9:30. At the end of the day, I’m just proud to be a friend and a fan of Thievery Corporation.”
– Rex Riddem, Vocals/Uke, Nappy Riddem
Four encores were all the band had down on paper for the setlist, but this was a special night to close out a great run. They came back onstage for a roaring rendition of “Exhilio” off Richest Man in Babylon followed by “Coming From the Top.”
Thievery Corporation is arguably one of the greatest bands to come out the nation’s capitol. The group throws up a middle finger in the face of mainstream music and has stayed true to their sound and vision for nearly two decades. Bands come and go. Thievery hasn’t. Through all the ups and downs of the music industry, this band offers a show no other band can offer, taking you on a trek across the entire world through their sounds in just a few hours. Thievery touches the soul in a different way than perhaps a rock n roll band. Thievery plays on all different areas of musical appeal. Sometimes just guiding the listener along sitar laden instrumental tracks. Other times you get a crowd rising thunderous “Culture of Fear” from Mr. Lif, and everything in between. You get the full massive present at a Thievery show. When was the last time you saw a band with seven totally different, yet killer lead vocalists, with two innovative DJs (ones who actually DJ’d before the era of EDM) and a full live band with bassists jumping off amps, and guys playing sitar on a couch? It doesn’t exist and quite frankly they have stood the test of time because of how they execute a wholly unique concept.