Sofar Washington D.C.
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
Last night I attended my first Sofar Sounds event and I must say it was magical. I was in awe after listening to the incredible and mostly unknown talent that was performing just a few steps in front of me. Today, I’ve been enjoying their music all day and felt like they deserved some recognition from an unknown Software Engineer who enjoys writing. Lets get started.
If you didn’t check out Sofar Sounds website already, it is a programme where you can attend or hosts private/secret concerts, and if you are a local artist you can apply to perform. These concerts can take place anywhere from a living room to a Christmas tree lot (like the one I attended last night). It’s BYOB (Bring your own beverage) and you can reserve your spot by buying a guaranteed ticket or you can apply for a ticket which is pay-what-you-want. It’s an excellent way to meet new people, get to know the local talent, and it makes for a perfect date night.
The fist act we got to see was the fantastic Jae Jin. Tasked with opening the event, Jae did an excellent job. With his witty comments and his story about leaving an MD/MBA to follow his dreams, Jae set the tone for the night. His song Wild Creatures really hit the spot for me, it was the sound I needed. He played a great set which ended with a spectacular cover of Sam Cooke’s “Nothing Can Change This Love”. After this, I was ready for some more good music.
Next up, I was blessed I got to hear the sweet voice of Anastasia Antoinette. Accompanying her was the wonderful ensemble Champion Sound. Together they treated the audience to a couple of different songs that made me just want to close my eyes and feel the music course through my body. They closed out their set by putting us up on our feet and dancing. Their last song ended with a big finale and I was left wanting to hear more from them in the future.
Lastly, we were treated to the sound of Near Northeast, and what a treat it was. They came out and placed a lovely wooden chest with a couple of CDs and a glass jar that said “$10/CD”. A double bass, a guitar, a keyboard and a marvelous voice, Near Northeast blew my mind. I felt bad because I didn’t have any cash on me to buy a CD right there. I bought their album today and I must have listened to it like 4 times at work. Needless to say I was fascinated by them.
If Sofar Sounds operates near you I definitely encourage you to attend an event. The process is very simple and the experience is quite unique.