Tribesgiving: STS9 w/ sub-ID (Night 1 of Just Thanks)

Have I ever told you all about my love for this band called STS9? For years, this band has been a constant for me to enjoy during a lot of changes in my life. From watching them in a tiny club in my hometown all the way to major festivals across North America, STS9 loves to jam and send the listener on a spiritual journey. When it was announced that STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) was doing a two night stand (11/23-11/24/2018) during Thanksgiving weekend at Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, I instantly knew that some of my festival crew would coordinate for a Friendsgiving weekend with Tribe! It had been a few years since STS9 came to Atlanta so we’ve had to get our fix at festivals or other tour stops in the southern region. We would not miss this weekend for anything!

Opening support for STS9 during Just Thanks Night 1 was sub-ID and Night 2 was Machinedrum. The band sub-ID consists of Brad Bowden and Alana Rocklin (STS9’s bassist) who have been happily married for fifteen (15) years. I missed the last time that sub-ID played Atlanta a few years back so I was really excited at the chance to do photo during the first night. And they did not disappoint! I have been a fan of Alana’s style for some time now so to see/hear her branch off was a treat.

For those who do not know STS9 let me explain a little about this incredible band of talented musicians. In 1998, a group of close friends around the Atlanta area formed STS9 and has been playing non-stop ever since. Their mainly instrumental mix of rock/funk/jazz/electronic/drum and bass/psychedelic/hip-hop is something to behold live. To witness STS9 perform with all its glory is truly an unforgettable moment that will stay with you until the next time you see them. One thing very admirable and noteworthy to mention about Tribe is their extensive humanitarian efforts over the years. Most recently, they have partnered with Conscious Alliance in an effort to combat hunger. During each tour date the band and Conscious Alliance hold a food drive in exchange for a limited edition poster of each event. Knowing your fan base and mobilizing them for a good cause to me is something I respect about STS9. More bands should follow suit… it really isn’t that hard to do.  

Want to get lost to some of STS9? Then check out their official Soundcloud page by following this link! Wondering what tracks were played during Just Thanks? Check out the set list from both nights below:

Just Thanks - Artwork by Dean Ellis

Just Thanks: Night 1 w/ sub-ID

Set 1:

The Rabble

Presence of Light>>



Worry No More



Set 2:

Strange Games>>





Dragon City

New Dawn, New Day#

Out of This World>>



Be Pulse>>

Wika Chikana

# Armanni Reign (live vocals)



 Just Thanks: Night 2 w/ Machinedrum

Set 1:

Spending Time>>






F. Word&

Set 2:


Call Jam>>

Blu Mood


1, 2, 3

World Go Round#>>

Wave Spell$>>





Four Year Puma

%Extended D&B segue

& sub-ID extended sit in.

# Extended jam with “oh lordy” sample

$ One Nation Under A Groove tease


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