4/17: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
4/19: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
4/20: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
4/22: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
4/23: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
4/25: Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
4/26: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
4/28: Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
4/30: New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
5/1: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
5/3: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
5/4: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
5/6: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
With a shortened opening act, this left fans waiting about 50 minutes before Santigold would take the stage. Personally speaking, it shouldn’t have taken that long...
Once Santigold came on stage, it was one of the best live shows, complete with stage props, synchronized video, trashy bargain-basement/commercialized/product theme, costume changes, bubbles, etc. All of her songs had specific choreographed dance moves, courtesy of her two dancers. The dancers (and Santigold) would sometime take a few minutes backstage for costume changes ... which meant that her keyboardist, drummer, and DJ would play extended instrumental medleys until the singer came back.
Unlike other typical carefully planned shows that required costume changes, instruments, stage props, etc., Santigold’s “We Buy Gold” shows are not all the same from city to city. The way they were able to change their setlist night after night, suggest to me that the singer was flexible and adaptive.
Santigold (with fans)
Early in their set, Santigold played her biggest hit “L.E.S. Artistes”, causing some of her fans who came late some grief (these fans obviously thought she would play it last or for the encore.)
A few memorable songs came near the end, including a Jay-Z cover “Brooklyn Go Hard”, which she dedicated to her “hometown”. The Kanye West-produced song actually sampled Santigold’s song “Shove It” and came out in 2008 as an exclusive download available via subscription to (RED)Wire (Bono's Product Red organization). Obviously, Santigold worked it out a medley of “Brooklyn Go Hard”, followed by her original “Shove It”.
Of course, fans started to chant “Santigold! Santigold! Santigold!” and she came back her version of Major Lazer’s “Hold the Line” (a song that actually featured Santigold and Mr. Lexx), followed by “Big Mouth”.
Santigold’s 99¢ album is out now on Atlantic Records.
Santigold at Mill City Nights, Minneapolis (16 April 2016)