STS9 blasts off in the Old City

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director


STS9 performs two shows at the Mill and Mine on Oct. 3 and 4. (Marie Kolzow/WUTK)

As the end of Sound Tribe Sector 9’s “Enceladus Tour” grows near the group made their annual stop in Knoxville for a two night run presented by WUTK at The Mill & Mine Oct. 3 and 4.

The Mill & Mine’s open floor was perfect for anybody trying to really get down and boogie to some STS9. Although hula hoops were not allowed at this venue, the venue could not have been a better spot for this two night run in the Old City.

Sunsquabi opened the first night with their funkified jams. Their live performance may have been unexpected by those who are only familiar with their studio work, but their set emphasized progressive jam sounds versus their electronic studio albums.

After Sunsquabi, STS9 celebrated their 20th anniversary by playing the entirety of their 2005 album, “Artifact.” As the opening track claims, the album is a “Musical Story, Yes,” and makes the album one that must be listened to in order from start to finish, which is exactly what STS9 did.

The second night kicked off with electronic DJ Jade Cicada. After the opener, STS9 played both new and old songs including songs off their new album, “The Universe Inside,” like “Get Loud” and “World Go Round.” STS9  also played songs released more than a decade ago like “Evasive Maneuvers” and “Kamuy” in the second set. Alongside songs from their musical catalog, STS9 played a cover for Lorde’s “Green Light.”

Both nights offered different things for STS9 fans. For die hard STS9 fans, hearing “Artifact” in it’s entirety is a once in a lifetime experience. For fans who prefer spacier jam sessions and the more low-key side of STS9, the first night was optimal.

On the other hand, the second night was more like a big party. With the Mill and Mine being so close to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, many students enjoying the show were also celebrating the first night of fall break.

Regardless of which night fans enjoyed most, both sets showcased all the various assets STS9 has gathered as a band that has been touring for nearly two decades.