10/11/16 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall +
10/12/16 South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground +
10/13/16 Boston, MA – Royale Boston +
10/14/16 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!*
10/15/16 New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
10/16/16 Phila, PA – Theatre of Living Arts*
10/18/16 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson *
10/19/16 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
10/20/16 Charleston, SC – Music Farm*
10/22/16 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s*
10/25/16 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works*
10/27/16 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom +
10/28/16 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory +
10/30/16 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music +
10/31/16 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater +
10/29/16 Austin, TX – Emo’s +
01/20/17 – Miami, FL – Norwegian Pearl
* w/ Too Many Zooz
+ w/ Thriftworks
Originally listed as an early show, starting at 7pm, the show was actually delayed doors at 8pm (which meant the first band would not start until 9pm). It did not affect the terrific turnout for the show, as with these sort of shows, they prefer a late start. In typical Beats Antique shows, many of the audience were dressed up for the occasion - plenty of belly dancers, renaissance-style costumes, group costumes, and, of course, the light-up glow sticks and hula hoops dancers. Audience watching is half the fun at these rave-ish shows.
DJ Thriftworks started the evening. He has a fanbase, who gladly showed up early to rave to his mixes. His style is a sort of hip hop with eastern influences, including playing ‘Kendrick Lamar-Money Trees’ from his 2015 Thump/Lucidity Mini-Mix.
He played a couple of his “9 days old” album Red Leopard, and at the end of his set, said, “shout-out to Jeff Bridges, we all love him.”
Next up was funky trio Too Many Zooz (trumpeter Matt, saxophonist Leo, and percussionist ‘King of Sludge’) from New York - their first time in Minneapolis. They were actually quite interesting and I got the feeling that they were used to bustling the streets of New York from the way they handled themselves like it’s no big deal.
The trio closed out their set with a couple of cover songs, including Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ and Bleksem’s ‘How Low Can You Go’.
Since the last time we saw Beats Antique, they’ve grown from simply two musicians (David Satori and Tommy “Sidecar” Cappel) and a bellydancer (Zoe Jakes) to adding clarinet player (Sylvain Carton?), several additional dancers/percussionists, and when they needed it, Too Many Zooz to help with horns and additional percussion.
The expanded sound is courtesy of their latest album Shadowbox, which was heavily played in their set - including ‘Three Sisters’, featuring three additional dancers playing on three floor toms.
Also new is that that Zoe Jakes helps out with the music, sometime donning a bass drum. Her role is to create different dance styles and she would show up every other song (between songs she would often go back stage to change costumes, etc).
As usual, Beats Antique creates one of the most visually entertaining and unique shows that you can experience. With 2016’s Shadowbox, the group seem to play around with light and shadows as their new theme.
Too Many Zooz
Beats Antique at Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis (06 October 2016)