A balmy Sunday evening was perhaps the perfect time for the island-themed ‘Treehouse World Tour’ featuring Sofi Tukker, Kah-Lo, and LP Giobbi to The Showbox. By 7:30 pm on Sunday, May 20th, twenty-and-thirty-somethings were winding their way into the venue, with neon bands and cool kicks, ready to bring the house down.
I walked inside to find out that up-and-coming DJ, LP Giobbi was already getting the party started. And it promised to be a wild, wild party. Wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with ‘Femme house’ on it, LP was all wide smiles and infectious energy.
UC Berkeley-trained, LP took the stage by storm, with her signature afro-cuban house music. She was literally turning gender stereotypes on their head with her debut single called “Amber Rose“. It is about feminist icon Amber Rose’s journey and a “fuck you” anthem to whoever tries to put her in a box. The lyrics are from a 2008 poem written by the vocalist on the track, Hermixalot. Co-produced with Computo and Tucker from Sofi Tukker. The extraordinarily simple lyrics with those hypnotic foot-tapping beats, convey a powerful feminist message.
The highlight of her set was when LP put her own spin to Magalenha by Gregor Salto. It is a relatively old song but it got the younger crowd grooving like there was no tomorrow. LP was joined on stage by Grammy-nominated Kah-lo who kicked off her set with a foot-tapping song called Bad Boy, and raised the tempo with Money.
By the time Sofi Tukker showed up, LP had converted The Showbox into a pulsing nightclub, and it was a party in full throttle. There was barely any time to get another beer or catch your breath in between sets.
The stage was converted to a lush, tropical garden. Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpem, the NYC-based duo who make Sofi Tukker started off with blasting their song Energia in Portuguese, sending the audience into a frenzy. I looked around to see a fully-packed show, with people now jostling for space. As the music pumped up, the crowd got larger, and the air only got foggier. The duo went on to play their most popular numbers—Best Friend and Batshit with the crowd singing along. They invited audience members to dance with them for the song ‘Awoo’. With Drinkee, a crowd-favorite song. The show came to an end, and it was back to reality. This two-hour long dance party somehow left me dehydrated and energized in equal amounts.
Pulling my jacket on, I expected crisp, bracing air outside the theater. Instead, my senses were assailed by the smell of grilled onions and barbecue sauce. Sure enough, I dived straight into the hot dog stand outside and got myself a spicy dog, with all the works. This made a great night even better, and finished it off on a really high note (No pun intended!).