at the Newport Music Hall and you're looking at a night to remember.
Sound Tribe Sector 9City: Columbus, Ohio
Venue: Newport Music Hall
Cinco de Mayo in Columbus, Ohio has a nice little ring to it. Add Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Newport Music Hall -- a classic Midwest venue located on the aptly named High Street -- and you're looking at a night to remember. Friday nights on High Street, the main action strip at Ohio State University, are always festive, and there was an extra energy in the air on this particular evening. The bars were packed with basketball fans hoping to see the Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their first round NBA playoff series by defeating the Washington Wizards. Ohioans are known for taking both sports and music very seriously. Some of the Sound Tribe fans who had journeyed down from Northeast Ohio faced the ultimate dilemma around 10:30pm -- just about the time STS9 was scheduled to hit the Newport stage for their first set -- when the Wizards' Gilbert Arenas hit a miraculous 30-foot shot at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime. STS9 visits the Midwest all too rarely, but, on the other hand, superstar Lebron James and the Cavaliers were trying to win their first playoff series in 13 years. Needless to say, some of the STS9 fans from the Cleveland area missed the band's first set. But then, STS9 are considered one of the great jam bands of Planet Earth for a reason, and even if you're late, you know there's a great second set waiting in the wings. Whoah, back up a minute! It's a slight injustice to say that STS9 are just a jam band. They've developed a unique sound and vibe that blends elements of electronica and trance with rock, space funk, and jazzy improvisation. And there's more to it than that. The band once posted a statement on their website that sums up their creed -- "Sound Tribe Sector 9 is a family of musicians, artists, designers, engineers, and visionaries. We hold a collective attitude of cooperation and service. Cooperation amongst each other, service to Mother Earth. We believe that a new understanding of vibration could usher in the next evolutionary step for this planet. New forms of science, technology, medicine, architecture and design, and a higher collective consciousness may all be realized through vibration and music."