I had a great time seeing music last Saturday at Signal Kitchen. The evening began with a puff of smoke and a trance music flow supplied by Snakefoot. He moved a lot of cool sounds in and out of the flow and was joined by Stephanie Heaghney. She added bits of voice and flute into the samples that created the sound. She sang a little now and then and that was lovely to hear. There were no separate songs as such, just a steady transition of sounds. It was pretty cool.
Clad in white jumpsuits and wearing head lamps, Superhuman Happiness took the stage for a very rhythmic dance party. The room was pretty full and people were happy and having a great time. They were joined by a percussionist, who’s name I missed, perhaps Eric, and Ray Belli from Arc Iris sat in on the main drum kit. The three main members of the band played keys and horns and Andrea Diaz’s singing was lovely. The only song I knew was See Me On My Way, and they did a great job on it. They played for an hour or so and the crowd danced the whole time.
Ryan Miller sat in on DJ before and after the Happiness set and played some great songs. I don’t think I knew any of them, but they all seemed to have a familiar ’70’s feel.
At some point, three golden caped figures emerged from the back of the room and rushed to the stage. They knelt before it and activated the Arc Iris sign, then took the stage and began to play. The trio sounded great and mixed a dance sound with some lovely melodies. They played fun and gorgeous songs like Paint With The Sun and Johnny. They reworked Money Gnomes from the first album. They played a couple of the songs from Joni Mitchell’s Blue album, since last time they were in town, they played the whole thing. They did an instrumental jam where the angel wings came out and followed with a powerful version of Kaleidoscope. Their set was fantastic and they ended the night with a well deserved lullaby encore. I’m so glad I went.