Posts Tagged ‘STS9’


Monday, July 12th, 2010

Director of Video Production : Raymond Grubb

Film Crew : Michael Dedenbach, James Linck’s RFWtv series presents “Summercamp 2010,” featuring a lineup of bands including:

Umphrey’s McGee, The Avett Brothers, Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum, The Macpodz, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, moe., ALO, STS9, The Hood Internet, Yonder Mountain String Band and more!


Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Contributing Writer: Rashon A. Massey

With the dawning of a greener perspective, many musicians are joining the bandwagon surrounding creating environmentally conscious communities on and off the concert circuit. One of the leading bands of the generation, steadily rising to the top of the chart for touring acts, Sound Tribe Sector 9 (aka Sound Tribe | STS9) is sounding as a voice, vocalizing with the trumpets of awareness in the movement.

Originating in 1998, the instrumental, drum n bass analog-generated sound of the group effortlessly creates organic compositions that pop with the rock, funk and jazz dubbed influences that put audiences in trance. Releasing a combined five albums on their own label, 1320 Records, STS9 has risen to become the go to specialist in late night performances at music festivals – a shared understanding that reaches beyond the jagged coastlines of the U.S. Never a one-man production, the band is five members deep but includes a sixth man worthy of honorable mention, the designer of performance lighting and live experience aesthetic extraordinaire, Saxton.

As the band has grown, their sound has taken a risky choice in consistently challenging an expanding audience to find and redefine genres or arrangements that once may have been classified as hip hop and ‘electronic’ rock; moreover, beyond what marginalized category of sales any of their music can be placed, the band has chosen to discover ways of allowing any listener to bask in their own experience. With the release of their 2005 album Artifact, the band found themselves ascending to the crest of pioneers in both live music and sole responsibility, ownership and shared distribution of recordings via their own independent digital download website. Visit and access the growing archive dedicated to the preservation of the bands releases and soundboard saved recordings from concert sets.

The same breakthrough year that Artifact was released, the band held a benefit concert that is said to have raised somewhere between $20-$22,000 for Louisiana based victims of Hurricane Katrina. Now joining with other mounting forces on the music channel for change, STS9 often creates a tour partnership with Conscious Alliance (CA) – a mobile canned food movement aimed at motivating concert attendees to donate in exchange for limited edition event posters, custom designed by an always revolving and growing ensemble of artists; oftentimes, STS9 will have their artists J. Garcia or Kris Davidson pen the work to completion for CA.

Deciding that by 2006 their extensive touring was probably not in line with their natural, Mayan rooted mentality or earth friendly attitudes, Sound Tribe chose to travel in a carbon neutral bus for their Live as Time Changes tour; moreover, by using renewable energy such as sunlight, wind, rain and other geothermal heat, STS9 was able to power concerts and make efforts to offset 100% of the carbon dioxide emissions from the tour via contributions and donations of renewable energy credits.

Now working cohesively with music festivals that have forged to create a waste free, green community, STS9 sits as the affirmative band on esteemed press panels of discussions, participating in a movement that needs to continue the onward thrust to setting an example in the music industry. As documents from festival to festival, we will be keeping an ongoing series open to the influence and domination the band finds itself, as they comfortably sit at the top of the billings for many of the gatherings this 2009 season.

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Langerado Music Festival 2008 – Day 1

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009


“Langerado Day 1 (Well, Technically, Day 2)”

Originally Published March 07, 2008

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Contributing Author – Rashon Massey


Ben and I are posting straight from the Langerado Music Festival. The Beastie Boys just finished an enthusiastic set, although stage lights made it hard for some of us photographers to get footage. Well, here is the list of what we have seen, our feelings thus far on the festival and our plan of action for the last couple of days.

We arrived at Langerado last night around 10:30 p.m. EST. After quickly setting up shop (i.e. parking, tent and food) we made our way to the actual town of Langerado to see what this place was all about. Having not covered this festival before, my expectations were varied. I was not sure to be overly critical or let the time flow for itself. In the end, I am glad I opted for the latter choice.

The people here are fantastic! The energy and motivation of the audience to meet one another, exchange stories and experience music together is unmatched; however, this is reminiscent to my first Bonnaroo in 05. Whether you call this a ‘hippie-crowd’ or not, the need for happiness and life is why this group of folk have gathered… and Langerado has yet to disappoint.

The first real set that we watched came this morning as we anxiously made our way to The Dynamites set. Being a highlight artist during our Langerado pre-coverage, the band and Charles Walker fully delivered on multiple levels. Chris and company did a phenomenal job on horns, while the lead guitarist and Charles Walker held down the drive and orchestration of all band members. I was thoroughly impressed as the Landerado audience slowly filled the crowd before the stage.

Afterwards, Ben and I checked out Brett Dennen who followed The Dynamites set but on a different stage. Kicking off the music with his single “Darling, Do Not Fear” and to the surprise of the listeners, Adam Lebowitz and Steve Adams of the Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) provided harmony/vocals and instrumentation for the singer/songwriter. Lebo, fellow California native, was all over the place today also jumping on stage and doing a KILLER solo riff with Ozomatli. Word has it that Matisyahu did a good job, while he also joined both G. Love and the Wailers on stage.

The Roots…were late. And not that on point. I was ready after all of the reviews that heard/read , but they let me down. The audience grew more than impatient, one notch from heckling the artists prior to them hitting he stage. They were… ok at most. By the end of their set, many individuals (like I) were already waiting at the Everglades stage for tonight’s headliner The Beastie Boys.

We are getting ready to go back to the van and relax before the late night sets of both Umphrey’s McGee and Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9).

We got exclusive footage you will ONLY SEE on RFW including set highlights, photo and video interviews. Will be keeping you posted on Langerado 2008.