Inside the quaint Trinity Nightclub, it was considerably lucky to find yourself within the packed venue, considering others were being turned away at the door due to capacity limits. Fans were swaying in rhythm with and to Natasha Kmeto's arrangements, even extending to those in the balcony space overlooking the stage. The crowd granted approval through applause while Kmeto's set unfolded past its intended cut off-time.
Following Kmeto came another rising local outfit, duo Youryoungbody, who were specifically selected for the Do206 curated stage. Youryoungbody's members Killian Brom and Duh Cripe (Emily Cripe) immediately shifted the atmosphere of the club from the previous set. Brom on keys and effects brought a variety of synth beats for the audience to continue grooving along to, but we were going down a much darker path this time around. As "January" off of their EP Betrayer began, all eyes were on singer and front woman Cripe, with her crooning vocals echoing throughout the dance club, all while pumping her heavily-studded boots to the deep baseline. Cripe sparkled across the murky backdrop of the stage whenever a rare spotlight would backlight her and her rhinestone encrusted cowboy hat, hypnotizing an initially timid crowd of faces.
The final day of Upstream Music Fest & Summit finished off with a set from local favorites NAVVI, who continued their run of excellent live performances with a compelling, atmospheric set. Headlining the Hush Hush Records showcase at the Weyerhaeuser Woodshed stage, NAVVI provided an ideal soun…
Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. Today’s post features the vibrant soul of Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, performing in the KEXP Gathering Space at FolkLife on May 26 at 3 p.m.
Bill Frisell, A Portrait(Australia | 2017 | 114 minutes | directed by Emma Franz)