Photos + Review: Sofi Tukker at the Observatory North Park (San Diego, CA)

Sofi Tukker (New York, NY), Kah-Lo (Lagos, Nigeria), and LP Giobbi (Los Angeles, CA)
May 27th, 2018
The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA

This may very well be one of the funnest shows that I’ve been to in a while. I recently have been dipping my toes into the world of electronic/dance music and this was a good example of the good vibes that the community seems to love about it. Kah-Lo and LP Giobbi joined forces on stage to get the night started with their Afro-Cuban inspired clubbing tracks. This sound was new to me but then again, I don’t frequent clubs so I am not too familiar with the typical music played at them. If the night was at all a representation of the scene, people can pretty much jam out to anything with a cool beat, although some better than others because there was no lack of drunken dancers.

Sofi Tukker made an entrance banging on lit drums in an otherwise dark room which looked pretty epic. Their first song was “Energia,” with lyrics sung entirely in Portuguese. Despite not knowing what the song was about this was easily one of my favorites of the night simply due to the energy of the track (I’m sure it doesn’t take a genius to decode that one). In support of their new album “Treehouse,” the stage was decorated with greenery, a neon rock wall and a big drum tree contraption of sorts. All I know is it looked like a palm tree with panels all around that they occasionally hit with drumsticks, whether that actually produced sound or it was a visual effect is unbeknownst to me, but it sure looked cool. I found the whole set to very visually pleasing, which is why I was a bit disappointed when they told us photographers weren’t allowed to keep their cameras after the first 3 songs. I was asked to check in my camera with security and went back to enjoy the music which I actually ended up being grateful for because I got the full experience of the show without the distraction of wanting to get as many photos as I could. It was probably for the best because in between it being a sold out show with barely enough room to move and me being 5’2″, I probably wouldn’t have ended up with great crowd shots anyway. The duo of best friends seemed to be having the time of their lives and I’m glad they let us in on the fun with them. Overall the night was a great experience and I would definitely attend another show, even without my camera!

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