Concert Review: San Fermin energizes a sold-out Crocodile

The sold out Crocodile in Seattle filled up with eager fans ready to experience the little orchestra band of San Fermin.  The music project lead by composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone made its way back to our city in support of their third record, Belong, released earlier this month.

The band still consists of Alan Tate and Charlene Kaye, who take turns in song leads.  The only change we noticed from last year’s show lineup at Neumos was Claire Wellin as the newest touring member on violin/vocals replacing Rebekah Durham. Ludwig-Leone stood behind the keys to the left as the remaining seven members took their spots across the stage.  The backdrop design was very similar to the cover of their latest record.

The energy of the eight performers put together is very unique and that is probably why their music stands out so much. While Ludwig-Leone is the mastermind behind everything, leads Tate and Kaye execute the songs with such charisma, it’s hard to believe they didn’t compose them. When they are not backing each other on vocals they switch to playing the electric guitar. The magical night included a wide selection from their two previous albums including favorites, “Emily,” “Jackrabbit,” and a very emotional, “Methuselah.”  Their latest album that feels a little more pop brought “Belong,” “Bride,” and “August,” that still impressed the loving fans.

The highlight of the night was “Better Company” that showcased the high energy the band creates together that lead the crowd into a jumping frenzy.  John Brandon on trumpet and Stephen Chen on saxophone stepped to the front to play the bridge part lead by their instruments and everyone went wild.  Not only the fans but the whole band, who were dancing around on stage having a great time playing the tune. That kind of liveliness is so infectious and it is the epitome of creating a great live experience.  It is always a pleasure to catch these artists live and you shouldn’t miss the chance.

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Sophia Barkalakis

Music is probably the most important part of her life. Sophia is constantly searching for new material, old and new. Always looking forward to the next live show she can attend, ready to immerse herself in the sound. "There is something so magical about attending a live show that you cannot possibly feel from a recording itself that makes it worth going to", she says. She also says she's lucky to be able to combine her passion for music with her obsession of capturing moments. She finds that being able to look at a photograph and be transported to that second of your life is indescribable and she's so grateful for all those great moments.