SunSquabi Lays Musical Siege On DC At The 9:30 Club

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By Jason Herman / November 12, 2019
SunSquabi performs at The 9:30 Club

A powerful and seemingly everlasting night of musical splendor happened at the 9:30 Club on Friday, November 8, 2019. Two performers, SunSquabi and Goose, laid a musical siege on the souls of Washington DC - and all who witnessed it will carry the soothing scars on their souls for years to come. It was truly be a night of music that will not soon be forgotten.

For months now, there’s been a significant buzz about this performance and these two incredible artists. Fans were eager to recall memorable shows by each band, especially the 2019 summer music festivals and let you know "this band is on fire" and "they are a must-see band."

We arrived at the 9:30 Club shortly after the doors opened and noticed the long lines outside the venue to get in, and within minutes, fans had already set up encampments next to the rail. What struck us most is how so many SunSquabi and Goose t-shirts were well worn and looked like they had been for years, gaining a distressed vintage look from years of proud wear and tear. It was evident that these bands had a large loyal fanbase who loved them and carried them wherever they went.

Goose performs at the 9:30 Club

Goose performs at the 9:30 Club

Goose appeared on stage to a triumphant baseball "Charge!" fanfare, but instead of shouting "Charge!", the crowd erupted in a triumphant "Goose!" cheer. The enthusiastic reception immediately put a smile on the members of Goose, who were performing at the 9:30 Club for the first time. For the next hour, Goose would show precisely why they have quickly become that "must-see" jam band. Their sound is infectious as their songs rippled throughout the walls of 9:30 Club. Vibrant undulations of music felt like waves crashing ashore followed by thunderous peaks that washed over the crowd like a tsunami.  

Goose performs at the 9:30 Club

Goose performs at the 9:30 Club

Peter Anspach of Goose

Peter Anspach of Goose

Throughout the performance, Ben Atkind (drums) and Trevor Weeks (bass) laid down a sustained funk groove as Rick Mitarotonda (vocals, guitar), and Peter Anspach (vocals, keyboards, guitar) would noodle intertwining and peaking musical choruses. There was an ever present soothing bass line that felt like a deep tissue massage for your psyche that was combined by peaking and sensual, spine-tingling exhilaration. Goose should be on your music radar and, if 2019 is any prediction of their meteoric rise, you should see them while they are still performing at modest 1200 person venues.

Peter Anspach of Goose

Peter Anspach of Goose

Josh Fairman of SunSquabi

Josh Fairman of SunSquabi

SunSquabi was next to perform, and they best describe their music as "a place, deep in the cosmos, where jam bands and electronic dance music intersect with rhythm-driven funk." Tonight, that intersection was 815 V Street in Washington DC. This three-piece outfit out of Colorado consists of Kevin Donohue (guitars, keys), Josh Fairman (bass, synth) and Chris Anderson (drums). 

SunSquabi's music is half dance and half "declaration of intent" - their intent was clearly to lay siege to the deepest funk depths of your soul and make you dance as hard as your body could let you. It is hard to comprehend the powerful music that resonates from this modest army of men because when you listen to their music you feel as though there is a thousand man army marching to a unique sound that is coming to conquer and lay siege on your musical soul. 

Josh Fairman of SunSquabi

Josh Fairman of SunSquabi

SunSquabi performs at the 9:30 Club

SunSquabi performs at the 9:30 Club

Throughout the evening, Donohue would steadily produce masterful soaring guitar solos and work the keys while Fairman stomped around the stage laying bone-rattling bass lines and jumping behind his synthesizer. All the while, Anderson held a consistent and driving backbeat on his drumkit.

Just when you thought you had seen everything from SunSquabi, their laser light show starts and take the experience to the next level. What was once the most powerful and bone-rattling music has just become a chest-pounding dark and ethereal dance party laser light show! It is quite hard to put into words the energy of SunSquabi's live performance. We certainly recommend listening to Sunsquabi's full catalog, including recently released album, Instinct, for your very own hydro-funk experience. Still, we recommend seeing this band live and as often as you can.

Throughout the evening, Donahue would steadily produce masterful soaring guitar solos and work the keys while Fairman stomped around the stage laying bone-rattling bass lines and jumping behind his synthesizer. All the while, Anderson held a consistent and driving backbeat on his drumkit.

SunSquabi performs at the 9:30 Club

SunSquabi performs at the 9:30 Club

Just when you thought you had seen everything from SunSquabi, their laser light show starts and take the experience to the next level. What was once the most powerful and bone-rattling music has just become a chest-pounding dark and ethereal dance party laser light show! It is quite hard to put into words the energy of SunSquabi's live performance. We certainly recommend listening to Sunsquabi's full catalog, including recently released album Instinct for your very own Hydro-Funk Experience. Still, we recommend seeing this band live and as often as you can.

SunSquabi performs at the 9:30 Club

Nothing is more amazing than SunSquabi's laser powered light show dance party!

SunSquabi performs at the 9:30 Club

Nothing is more amazing than SunSquabi's laser powered light show dance party!

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Enjoy photos by our photographer Jason Herman of Jason Herman Photography.

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Soundboard Recording

Soundboard Recording

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SunSquabi Performs at the 9:30 Club

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Goose performs at the 9:30 Club (Nugs.net)

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Jason Herman

A 24x7 member and Photo Editor of DC Music Review. Jason has been passionate about music since his earliest days and is especially excited about the music scene around his adopted hometown, Washington DC. With over 35 Grateful Dead and 80+ Phish shows, and countless music festivals under his belt, you can find him at concerts around the country but especially in his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. Before turning his lens to music, Jason followed professional cyclists around the U.S. Domestic Circuit to the tallest mountains in Europe.