By Aaron Giles
Friday November 1st, at The Vic Theater, another sold out crowd in attendance for another unique performance. About midway through their tour, the bay area based trio, Beats Antique, made their stop in the windy city. The tour promotes the band’s newest album ‘A Thousand Faces’ an album that “is an epic two-volume adventure that follows every stage of Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey with sweeping and lushly textured new compositions.” As stated by the band. The new music is a platform for the already profound performance the group brings to the table, coalescing elements from world fusion, jazz, and electronic dance music into a full-blown performance like no other. Beats Antique never fails to amaze, and this night was no different.
The band took the stage around 11pm to a full crowd in the classic and beautiful Vic Theater. Consisting of David Satori (Production/Violin/Gypsy fiddle), Sidecar Tommy (Drums), and Zoe Jakes (Belly Dancing superstar) they have assembled a distinctive act that could be described as somewhere between an EDM show and a Cirque Du Soleil performance. While Satori and Sidecar Tommy kept our ears filled with gyspy sounds, bass drops, and seemingly game show clips, Jakes kept us on our toes watching her every move.
The performance itself was magnificent, playing several new compositions off the album; Beats Antique took us on a journey. Zoe Jakes danced the night away, and seemed to have a new outfit between every other song, one second she was wearing deer antlers, the next she had on a striped body suit while playing a massive bass drum. All the while whenever she was onstage, everyone’s attention seemed to shift to her beautiful, sexy, and graceful moves and appearance. With a full brigade of dancers out to close the night, the trio included some interpretive dancing, animal masks, and some very intense music. The band came back out for their encore and finished it with their classic song, “Egyptian” which seemed a fitting way to end it, as every was dancing their pants off, it was truly a joyous occasion.
Beats Antique, is a “you have to be there” type of experience, I’ve done my best to describe it, but you should do your best to see it yourself.