Although Santigold was playing on a festival stage, this was far more than a band playing a gig, this was a brilliant artist making a statement. Her performance was some sort of amazing metaphorical critique of modern corporate greed and authoritarianism via burlesque spectacle and a super high energy pop soundtrack. Not only were there several costume changes throughout the set, but the entire band was coordinated in these changes. Santigold’s dancers also added an element of dramatic facetiousness that was really jaw dropping to watch. In fact the dancers started the show in blow up chairs eating giant bags of Cheetos and sipping blue sports drank. At one point after their costume change the dancers actually pretended to be products on a shelf, slowly rotating on a lazy susan.
Santigold plays R&B based hip hop with a little rock mixed in. She is a hilarious performer, bouncing around the stage and pumping her fists for the whole set, except for when she stopped to do a few coordinated dance moves with her amazing backup performers. Not to drone on about the wardrobe, but she entered the stage in an oversized jacket. When she later took it off, after her business related single, revealed her dress showing, “Cash For Gold” the crowd freaked right out! Her next costume change was into a frilly dress bearing fake Santigold logos. Her dancers wore matching outfits. It’s a totally over-the-top and all encompassing experience, so if you have an opportunity to see her live, I would definitely make time. Check her out here: www.santigold.com
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