The night started with a quick Uber ride to an obscure location somewhat underground and full of mystique. The open space had concrete walls and floors, and was decorated with rugs, lights and anticipation. I've found that the best shows are usually the unexpected ones. They're the intimate nights you experience without any inclination as to what will happen. And after entering this secret location I could tell I was in for a treat.
To Celebrate 5 years Sofar Sounds brought together four very different musicians. All of then put on a great show for fans who were lucky enough to be invited to the event. I found out that Sofar Sound enthusiast sign up online for concert updates, if they see a show date they would like to attend they can sign up for it. The trick is that the shows locations and performers are kept secret until the last minute. Space is very limited so Sofar selects a handful of folks for each event to invite. Fans who get invited will receive an email from the Sofar team the day before with the concerts location.
Opening up was singer Lime Orchard who sang with a calming presence and charming persona. With just a four-song set list, he was able to sway the crowd in a soothing way.
Following Orchard was Pellyeah, a rambunctious singer/rapper who indulged in having fun on stage, calling on crowd participation and grooving to his simple, yet catchy beats.
Jake McMullen, whose voice is hard to compare to any other singer, played a short set just after intermission. His folk/indie sound and unique vocals helped to keep the evening diverse and unpredictable.
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers were last to take the stage and brought the night to an end with a crowd pleasing and delightful performance. Their mix of soulful southern blues, gospel and indie made for a toe-tapping set that was hard not to sing along to.
The whole night was a fun way to experience music. Everyone in attendance was welcoming and easy to mingle with.
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