Never before has there been an act as different, creative, some might say weird, and truely wonderful as Beat Antique, a trio from Oakland, CA. Each show has a mixture of unique instrmentals, belly dancing and theatrics. The show they put on in Seattle Saturday night was one in a million, and sold out the Showbox SoDo. The night opened up with smooth folk tunes from singer/songwriter Sean Hayes that made you imagine you were out in the sunshine sipping on some sweet tea. His soulful and chill vibes were the perfect start to the evening and got everyone excited for what was to come.
During the transition time between Sean’s set and Beats Antique, the crowd grew restless. Chants of “Beats Antique! Beats Antique!” broke out various times while the stage crew set the scene for David Satori, Sidecar Tommy, and the famous Zoe Jakes. Assuredly, the lights went down, cheers roared and the show began.
With spectacular flashes of lights and the intense drums of Overture, the show kicked off with a bang. People of all ages were dancing and getting jiggy with it, but the real party didn’t start until belly dancer Zoe Jakes fluidly walked onto the stage. Between the tribal beats, the amazing visuals, the fantastic dancing from Zoe (as well as the backup dancers), Beats Antique puts on a show like you’ve never seen before. Where else have you seen a giant cyclops bear on stage? Each song Beats Antique plays comes with an individually unique performance that tells the story of A Thousand Faces, which is the title of their latest two-part album.
Despite the epicness of the show, there was one moment that stood out to us over the intertiey of the night. With about fifteen minutes left in the show David called a special guest up onto the stage. For a moment there was a bit of confusion as the man approached the stage, but didn’t take long for the audience to figure out what was going on. He wanted to profess his love to his long-time girlfriend, and what better way to show your love than to propose? Cheers and awes rang out as everyone clapped for the happy, newly engaged couple.
What we were wondering next was how they could finish off a show after such a beautiful moment? With Bassnectar, that’s how. One of Beats Antiques most famous songs, a remix of Bassnectar’s Voodoo, could not have made for a better end to the night. Everyone got down like never before as the stage filled with dancers and performers in crazy outfits and animal masks. Beats Antique took Seattle on journey of theater, art, and incredible music, and it was a night we won’t soon forget.
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