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Sound Tribe Sector 9 (abbreviated as STS9) is an instrumental band whose sound is based heavily on instrumental rock and electronic music, funk, jazz, drum and bass, psychedelia, and hip hop, originating in Georgia, USA. Self-described as "post-rock dance music," the band mixes standard live rock instrumentation with electronics, favoring group rhythm over individual solos.
STS9 has released 11 albums, two remixed albums (Artifact: Perspectives & the Peaceblaster: Make it Right Remixes), and multiple live DVDs (Live as Time Changes, Axe The Cables, and various live performances) on their own label 1320 Records. STS9 has toured the US nationally and internationally, ranking among Pollstar Magazine's list of top-grossing touring acts, with a heavy presence in the music festival circuit.
Since forming in Atlanta, GA over fifteen years ago, instrumental electronic rock band STS9 has experienced an unceasing meteoric rise to the forefront of the international music scene.
The band consistently lands themselves on Pollstar Magazines top touring charts in the country, with recent average attendance of over 5,000 fans per city. STS9 boasts a list of opening acts such as Snoop Dogg, NAS, Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory, The Glitch Mob, Thievery Corporation, Pretty Lights, Big Boi of Outkast and countless others.
STS9 has headlined stages at festivals such as Wakarusa, Moogfest, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Regeneration, Lollapalooza, and Electric Forest Festival. STS9 runs its own record label, 1320 Records. The group has raised significant amounts of money towards activism efforts (including $150,000 recently to The Make it Right Foundation, paving the way to rebuild a house in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans).
The band's last studio EP, When The Dust Settles (the eleventh album in their full discography), keeps with XLR8R Magazine's exclamation that STS9 is "one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around." It debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Charts and in Billboard's Top 25, while the first single "Scheme" was downloaded over 100,000 times in its first week alone.
STS9's self-owned record label, 1320 Records was founded on the principles of collaboration, cooperation, and community. 1320 Records currently boasts over 300,000 unique downloads and over 1,000 releases by over 100 artists including Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, ESKMO, The Glitch Mob plus dozens more.
On January 14, 2014, it was announced that founding member and bassist David Murphy was leaving the band. Alana Rocklin was recruited as his replacement. Rocklin performed with the band for the first time March 28, 2014 at McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Phoenix, AZ.
STS9 has partnered with a variety of non-profit organizations throughout their career. Over the last decade, they have partnered with Conscious Alliance to bring food drives to various concerts and festivals on their tour. In exchange for fan participation in these events, STS9 and Conscious Alliance thank patrons with limited edition art work posters, often created by the same artists who accompany the band on stage. In 2005, STS9 put on a benefit concert where they raised over $20,000 for Hurricane Katrina victims.
Beginning in Fall 2006, as part of their Live as Time Changes tour, STS9 traveled across the country in a carbon neutral tour bus and powered their live concerts using renewable energy. The band hoped to offset 100%, or about 138,000 pounds, of their carbon dioxide emissions from their tour by donations of Renewable Energy Credits from their partnership with environment-friendly companies.
STS9's remix album "Peaceblaster : The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes", features 30 remixes of material from STS9's 2008 album, "Peaceblaster". All proceeds from this album went to the Make It Right Foundation in an effort to build a home in New Orleans, which has since been completed and taken up by a family displaced by Hurricane Katrina . The home is endowed with many eco-friendly features, including solar panels, high efficiency HVAC system, wire-free lighting panels, tankless water heater, dual flush toilets, low e windows & doors, a rainwater collection system and water absorbing native landscaping. And, for future storms, the home comes equipped with walls that can withstand 130 mph winds, kevlar hurricane shields for the windows and a roof hatch in case an escape is necessary.
Notable Concert Performances
STS9 has gained acclaim, as well as a distinctly loyal fan base over the past decade. Their 2005 album Artifact reached #12 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums. They have moved from playing and opening in small clubs and bars to headlining major music venues and festivals. In 2003, the band reached new heights by opening for The String Cheese Incident in their first amphitheater performance at majestic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado Template:Http://soundtribe.org/2003.html. A concert scheduled for the night before at the Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado sold out in less than fifteen minutes . The band has now sold out numerous headlining Red Rocks shows, along with many other venues across the country.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, the band has built a following with frequent performances at The Fillmore, Warfield Theatre, and the historic Regency Center. They have performed at The Fillmore on 10 occasions including three 2-night stands, a 3-night stand for Halloween in 2004, and a 4-night stand in early 2009. They have performed at the Warfield Theatre on 5 occasions including a 2-night stand. STS9 performed at the Regency Center on 5 occasions including two consecutive New Year's Eve shows in 2002 and 2003. The band has also put on performances at the Independent, Great American Music Hall, Golden Gate Park, and the Stern Grove Festival. STS9 also performed at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO for a 5-night stand in March 2007.
Santa Cruz, California has been home to various members of the band since moving to California. 'STS9' has performed at the Catalyst on 9 occasions since 2002, including two 2-night stands. Previously, the band had been frequently playing Palookaville until it closed in 2002. In 2003, the band headlined the Santa Cruz Civic Center.
In their home state of Georgia, the band continues to ride their popularity. On October 3, 2006, the band marked the 9th Anniversary of their first ever show with a celebration at the historic Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia. The band has performed many multiple-night stands at the Georgia Theatre since 2002. For many years they have performed at the Tabernacle in Atlanta on New Year's Eve as part of multiple-night stands.
STS9 has built a fan base in Chicago, IL after performing multiple times at North Coast Festival and Lollapalooza with late night performances at the House of Blues Chicago. Also making frequent trips to the Aragon Ballroom and the Congress, STS9 has made Chicago a go-to city for performances.
STS9 chose Denver, CO as the host for their three 2009 New Year's Eve concerts. The December 29 was the band's first acoustic show ever, called 'Axe the Cables.' The band performed two sets at University of Denver's Gates Hall. The remaining two nights were standard 'electric' shows played at the Wells Fargo Theater. STS9 returned to Denver for NYE 2010, playing three shows at the Fillmore Auditorium. The December 29, 2010 show opened and closed with a cover of the Grateful Dead's "Shakedown Street".
For New Year's 2011, STS9 returned to The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. They performed a 5-night run from December 27 through New Year's Eve. STS9 has continued to perform in Atlanta and Denver for New Year's since 2011.
In the Summer of 2013, the band co-headlined a 14 city tour with Umphrey's McGee, alternating the closing slot each night.
On March 28, 2014 the band returned for their first concert following their split with David Murphy. This show was held in Phoenix, Arizona during the McDowell Mountain Music Festival and it was the first time the band played with new bassist Alana Rocklin.
In September 2014, STS9 returned to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado to play 2 nights to a sold out crowd. This run included two Axe The Cables sets with new bassist Alana Rocklin.
STS9 ended 2014 with a 4 night stand at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. The band turned New Year's day into a benefit for Conscious Alliance inviting 600 fans to a sit down dinner and a full improv set. This performance was later released through Bit Torrent with the full 2014 catalog.
STS9 has a steady presence in the music festival circuit, headlining several festivals across the country each season.
In 2007, STS9 announced they would return to Deerfields for a new festival titled Re:Generation. The two-day festival included additional performances from The Join and Telefon Tel Aviv. According to the band's website, this event promised to be "a unique celebration of music, nature, family, mind, body, and spirit." In 2011, STS9 re-created Re:Generation festival in its second incarnation held at Horning's Hideout in North Plains, Oregon with a lineup that included Bassnectar, Glitch Mob, Beats Antique, Tycho and many more artists.
In May 2008 STS9 performed at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL.
On Saturday June 7, 2008, STS9 headlined the Sun Down Stage at the Wakarusa Music Festival at Clinton State Park, Lawrence, Kansas.
At Rothbury 2008, STS9 performed a three and half hour show, which packed a capacity crowd.
In June 2011, STS9 performed at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee. The set began at 2:30 A.M. and was played until the sun rose.
STS9 has performed live at the following events:
10,000 Lakes Festival (Detroit Lakes, MN) – 2005
Adirondak Mountain Music Fest. (Moose River Campground, Lyonsdale, NY) - 2003
All Good Music Festival (Masontown, WV / Legend Valley, OH) - 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
Anon Salon's Sea of Dreams (San Francisco, CA) - 2002, 2003
Area 51 Soundtest (Indian Springs, NV) - 2004
Austin City Limits (Austin, TX) - 2002, 2007, 2009
Berkfest (Great Barrington, MA) – 2001-2003
Big Wu Family Reunion (Black River Falls, WI) – 2001
Bonnaroo Music Festival Late Nite Show (Manchester, TN) – 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011
Buku Music Festival (New Orleans, LA) - 2013, 2015
Camp Bisco (Various Locations) - 1999, 2007, 2009, 2013
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Indio, CA) - 2002
CounterPoint Music Festival (Kingston Downs, Georgia) - 2014
Creekside Jamboree (Almost Heaven Campground, Forksville, PA) – 2003
Dancin' in the District (Riverfront Park, Nashville, TN) – 2005
Earthdance Festival (Ya-Ka-Ama Native American Reservation, Santa Rosa, California) – 2001
Earthdance Festival (Golden Gate Park, SF, CA) – 2002
Earthdance Festival (Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, CA) – 2003, 2005, 2009
Electric Forest Festival (Double JJ Ranch, Rothbury, MI) - 2012, 2014
Fairfax World Music Festival (Fairfax, CA) - 2002
Family Affair Festival (Port Orford, OR) - 2001
Fourth of July Festival (Nelsons Ledges, Garrettsville, OH) - 2005
Fuji Rock Festival (Japan)
Gathering of the Vibes (Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT) - 2000, 2012
Harmonic Convergence Fest - STS9 Presents (Deerfields Amphitheater, Horse Shoe, NC) – 2002, 2003
Harmony Fest (Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA) - 2006, 2007
High Sierra Music Festival (Plumas County Fairgrounds, Quincy, CA) – 1999-2004
Horning's Hideout SCI Festival (North Plains, OR) – 2004
Hangout Music Festival (Gulf Shores, AL) - 2011, 2012, 2014
The Husdon Music Project (Saugerties, NY) - 2014
Jam In The Dam (Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL) - 2006
Jam On The River (Philadelphia, PA) - 2007
Jamcruise - 2005, 2010
Kanrocksas - 2011
Langerado (Sunrise, Florida) - 2004, 2007, 2008
Live OFF The Levee (Soldier Memorial Plaza, St. Louis, MO) - 2008
Lollapalooza (Grant Park, Chicago, IL) – 2005, 2007, 2009
Lunatic Picnic Outdoor Festival (Hakonomori Play Park, Shiobara Onsen, Tochigi Pref., Japan) – 2002
Memphis in May Festival/Beale Street Music Festival (Memphis, TN) - 2004, 2014
Music Midtown Festival (Atlanta, GA) - 2003
Moonrise Festival (Baltimore, MD) - 2014
Mountain Music Festival (Willow Creek, CA) - 2003
Musicians For Medical Marijuana (Oakland, CA) - 2001
Nateva Music & Camping Festival (Oxford, ME) - 2010
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Late Nite Show (New Orleans, LA) – 2001, 2004, 2007
Nocturnal Music Festival Texas (Apache Pass, TX) -2012
North Coast Music Festival (Chicago, IL) - 2011, 2012, 2014
Oulipo Ballroom (Lexington, KY) - 2009
Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival (San Francisco, CA) - 2011
PhilFest (Patten Gymnasium, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL) - 2002
Red Rocks the Vote (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO) - 2004
Re:Generation - STS9 Presents (Deerfields Amphitheater, Horse Shoe, NC) – 2007
Re:Generation - STS9 (hornings hideout, North Plains, OR)- 2011
Rothbury Music Festival (Rothbury, Michigan)- 2008, 2009
Snowball Music Festival (Winter Park, CO) - 2013
Sonic Bloom (Beaver Meadows Resort) - 2007
Sno-Core Icicle Ball – 2002
Stern Grove Festival (SG Park, San Francisco, CA) - 2003
Street Scene (San Diego, CA) - 2008
Summercamp Festival (Chillicothe, IL) - 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
SummerFest (Milwaukee, WI) - 2009, 2010
Summer Set Music Festival (Somerset, WI) - 2013
Suwannee Hulaween (Live Oak, FL) - 2013
Tamarak Music Festival (Bear Valley, CA) – 2001
Van Hoy Farms Family Campground (Union Grove, NC) – 2001
Vegoose Music Festival (Las Vegas, NV) - 2007
Vegoose Late Night Show (Las Vegas, NV) - 2005, 2006,2007
Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival (Clinton State Park - Lawrence, KS) – 2004, 2006, 2008 (Mulberry Mountain - Ozark, AR) - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
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