Concert Review: Thievery Corporation delivers the goods at Showbox

It was that time of the year when Seattle was lucky to catch the legendary Thievery Corporation perform in town with Rob Garza and his amazing ensemble of musicians making a stop at the historic Showbox Market on the last Friday of 2018, thereby kicking off the New Year’s celebrations. The Thieves were on tour promoting music from their latest studio album, Treasures from the Temple, released earlier this year. The project formed in 1996 by Garza and Eric Hilton has reached millions of people creating a loyal following around the world.

The sold out venue was packed with music lovers and a little before ten the band took the stage. Garza stood in the back as the rest of the band performed, in the form of a well-organized conductor overlooking everything. The energy was brought to a 10 right away as they started the show with a medley of tracks, including “Lebanese Blonde,” exciting the audience instantly. Their talent to combine various music genres in their tunes with the ability to create harmony between each other makes them so unique and constantly reaches many others.

The entire show is laid out with various vocalists joining the band on stage providing their voice for a specific track. Sometimes there are a few of them together providing backup vocals for each other as well. This revolving carousel of talented musicians keeps the crowd intrigued and wondering what will happen next. Everyone is bringing something different to the stage but everything perfectly aligns at the end of the night. We don’t get to see many gigs like this and it’s always a treat when we’re around so much charisma.

We really got into it during “Fight to Survive,” “Ghetto Matrix,” and “Warning Shots,” as talented singers Natalia Clavier, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani, Racquel Jones, Mr.Lif, and Ras Puma showcased their skills. Their main set ended with “Sweet Tides,” and a magnificent “Lebanese Blonde,” that Clavier brought home. The encore brought back Puma and closed with “The Richest Man in Babylon.” It is hard to describe the night in words but the feeling is always so familiar and joyous. It’s no surprise they continue at the same rate because they still have the same power to pull you in and keep you there.

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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.