When I purchased tickets to see Thundercat at the Echoplex, no opening acts were announced. Truth be told, the opening acts would have been an afterthought for me, as an evening watching a preeminent bass guitar player jam out in an intimate venue would have been worth the price of admission alone. When Moses Sumney was announced as an opening act, I got my moneys worth, and then some.
I was first introduced to Moses Sumney’s music when he and Nai Palm (of the recently Grammy nominated neo-soul band, Hiatus Kaiyote) freestyle, a cappella jammed backstage after Hiatus Kaiyote’s gig at the Bootleg Bar. Nai effusively urged me to check his music out. I did, and was impressed. When Hiatus Kaiyote performed their last Los Angeles gig at the Skirball Cultural Center, they had Moses Sumney open for them. His live performance was so amazingly raw and enchanting that it left me wanting more.
His set at The Echoplex was no less enchanting. His beautiful music was highlighted by his humble interactions with the crowd, and this time around he was able motivate the audience to act as his instruments, having us sing riffs or maintain rhythms through clapping during several of his songs.
Though the crowd was there for Thundercat, Moses Sumney definitely picked up new fans of his own. There was a heightened buzz after he left the stage, with people commenting on his sublime musicality. I even overheard one person state that the music was, “the type of music anybody can get into,” to which his big, scruffy friend followed up proclaiming that he, “could listen to that shit anytime.”
If you haven’t heard of Moses Sumney, I suggest you check him out. Follow him on Facebook so that you can be updated about his performances so you can go see him perform live. I guarantee you that it will be worth the price of admission.
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