thChrch #Halloween2016 Takeover @ Music Box SD
As an oxymoronic event of sorts, thChrch took over Halloween last night.
Members of thChrch Apollo Lason, Real J. Wallace, DNYKAY, DreCat, Phillfresh and Cali The Dreamer were invited to be the opening acts for Bay Area rapper Andre Nikatina’s set at Music Box SD. Lively energy, old school Halloween films on the projector, loyal fans in costumes, and consistent jams from the DJ colored the canvas for the evening. As the night rolled on the performers began to take the stage; around 11 PM, the first act of the night introduced himself to the crowd.
St. Louis native and San Diego rookie Apollo Lason and his three song set- “Jordan Year”, “Too Far”, and “MWTP”- came through with a mellow yet captivating presence to start the line-up off properly. Apollo’s charisma and magnetism on stage was the perfect balance for a truly unexpected set, tempered by the more exertive performances that followed. Moving the crowd with soulful melodies and a genuine stage presence, Apollo started off the line-up right with his raw talent and energy. (Throughout the performance, there was quite an influx of drunken audience members spit-swapping and gripping of costumed ass. Safe to say Apollo did his thing.)
Succeeding the success of Apollo Lason’s sultry performance, DreCat, Overtime and Cali The Dreamer graced the stage with their collaborative hit “Solo Dolo”, the instrumental motto that gives an introspective look into the introverted pot-head. The eerie flutes on the beat gave a bit of a sinister feel to the song, adding to the crowd’s festive disposition and Halloween films on the projector. All three artists rocked out with the crowd to this catchy and relatable song- each persona adding their own touch to the wave of vigor in the crowd.
Shortly after, Real J. Wallace attacked the crowd with a fiery entrance - Stone Cold Real J style. DNYKAY’s remix of Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” sent electrifying forces through the crowd. Real J’s set consisted of numerous unreleased tracks culminating with “My Soul”, a track from his latest debut album Kali. Each song deliberate and distinct in their own way; each transition melting onto one another as an overall ecstatic experience. A performance full of energy and passion, anyone could confuse the motivational whiff of Real J’s dynamic rhetoric as a sermon of Holy Ghost feels and vibrations. Including the dude in the crowd who was dressed as a really confused and fucked up penguin. But as the Holy Word says, come as you are- especially when it pertains to music.
Despite the overcast of customary darkness and weird-ass-but-festive energy that is Halloween, last night at Music Box SD was full of light, positive energy, and genuine talent. Spirits were high (this is not an alcoholic joke), bonds were made, and music was played. There was a being, a feeling, an energy- full, raw, and magnetic. As Real J would say, there was ‘God in the atmosphere.” And where there is God, there is (th)Chrch.
-- Olivia Jade
To check out full footage of the event, click here.