SoDown’s sold-out performance at Cervantes last Friday, February 12th celebrated the release of his new EP The Journey with success. The night was nothing short of a funk-fueled jam fest, as expected from a lineup mastering in the art of electronic funk. The venue was comfortably crowded, with a laid-back atmosphere induced by a down to earth and soulful audience. Everyone was there for the same reason- to get down to some groovy native beats, surrounded by good people and even better music.
Boulderite Stone Soul took to the stage around 10 pm, getting the crowd riled and bumping to his original sound. He jammed with a sweet octagonal light display in his backdrop, adding an air of “trippiness” to his far-out set, all in accentuating a groovy vibe to the night. He didn’t shy away from playing his own live instruments on top of his songs, which showed his authenticity and genuine feel for the music he performs. He knew every lyric, every glitch and every drop down to a point in each one of his songs as he jammed and sang on the beat. Stone Soul was clearly in his element as he naturally vibed with the crowd, and they vibed right back.
SoDown didn’t waste any time in transition as Stone Soul exited the stage around 12- the music barely stopped as SoDown leaped on stage and dropped heavy dubstep beats without hesitation. The venue went crazy and the crowd amplified in size in sync with the beat. He featured his own songs old and new, such as “Old School”, and songs off his new EP such as “King Funk” and “Feelin’ Fine”. He showed off his expertise on the sax, smoothly coupled with head banging dubstep that got the crowd going. The bass was heavy and the crowd felt the soul- and you could tell he was feeling it too. SoDown was so engaged with the music that he moved and danced to every quirk, skip and beat of his songs; he and his soundboard might as well have been one. In all, SoDown threw an epic release party that brought the funk back- merging it with electronic music to develop an original sound that is at the forefront of the new age music scene.
Written by Ana Lewett