With sixteen years at the most amazing venue in the world under their belt, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, or STS9, is back again for their thirteenth year in a row as a headlining act at Red Rocks Amphitheater on September 11th and 12th, 2015. STS9 is known for taking their audience on an auditory and visual journey with their state of the art and ever-progressive sound system and lightshow. Having had the privilege of catching their set at Summer Camp Music Festival in Illinois this spring, I have to say that Red Rocks won’t be anything short of spectacular. Never having experienced a STS9 Red Rocks show, I am excited to say the least. I have had multiple people tell me that their experience at any of their shows has changed their life, brought them to tears, or most oftentimes, both. There is just something different about STS9’s instrumental electronic rock that the atmosphere of Red Rocks seems to enhance all of the best qualities of their music. And not to mention, those lasers from the top of the amphitheater, looking out over the city of Denver and 10,000 grooving bodies below….oh hot diggity dog.
The past year has been huge for band members Hunter Brown (guitar/sequences), Jeffree Lerner (percussion), David Phipps (keyboardist/synths), Zach Velmer (drums), and newest member Alana Rocklin (bass). Just this summer they have hit huge festivals such as Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Euphoria, Sonic Bloom, Camp Bisco, All Good, Buku, and Bonnaroo, with Phases of the Moon, Treasure Island, and Suwannee Hulaween yet to happen. STS9 is always innovating and creating a new show for each venue, from putting a different twist on old fan-favorites to amping up their light show and overall production. Downtempo, uptempo, psychedelic to classic rock, STS9 covers all the genres that their fans love.
Not only is STS9 interested in making their production better and better every show, they are also interested in making the world a better place with each day. This band is extremely conscious of how the world is today as we know it, and are constantly working towards change through their activism efforts. In fact, STS9 donated $150,000 to the Make It Right Foundation in order to help build a home in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, an area said to be the hardest hit from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Their music tries to harness this power of positivity through ambient and upbeat tunes. STS9 is fully aware of the power that music holds and utilizes it with the best intentions.
Come September 11th and 12th, be prepared to blast off into other dimensions with the help of STS9’s rhythmic flow of epic “post-rock dance music”. Their Red Rocks shows are said to change the game every year, if that’s even possible. There will be plenty of face-melting, hip groovin’, and smiles to be passed around, so bring plenty of positivity with you to the Rocks.
Written By: Jaelyn Kohl