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Getting groovy with Beats Antique at the Showbox Sodo

Monday, April 07, 2014
Conner Thomas

Huge inflatable monsters, strange and wonderful projected visuals, beautiful belly dancing, and groovy "eastern fusion funky bass" music are not things you would normally expect to find when you go see a show, but for Beats Antique, that's just the tip of the iceberg. It is somewhat difficult to categorize the music that Beats Antique has produced - you can tell it has middle eastern and gypsy influences, but the deep low end and absolutely funky basslines give it a sound that you just can't find anywhere else. I had the privilege of seeing them this last weekend at the Showbox Sodo at a sold out and jam-packed show, and it was like nothing I've ever seen before. The first think you notice upon entering the venue is the elaborate construction of the white projection material all over the stage. The image below is just a fraction of what their setup was capable of, but we were only allowed to photograph the first 3 songs played, so you'll have to go to a show near you to check it out in its entirety!

One other unique part of this show was the "Thousand Faces" visual presentation. The projection for this song switched to a tunneling-effect of faces, zooming in on one after another and going through the open mouths of each face. The best part? All of the faces were hand drawn for the visual by Beats Antique's fans, back when they did their kickstarter project in order to fund the stage setup of their current tour. I don't think I've ever seen another show that used community generated visuals, or another group that cares so much about their fanbase.

To top it all off, we even saw someone get proposed to on stage during the second act! If you are able to see Beats Antique live, you have to do it, as it's an unmatched experience. Below is a preview of what we saw, now go and find tickets today! You won't regret it!