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Syd, Ravyn Lenae and St. Beauty Keep Philly Weird and Wonderful

Syd, Ravyn Lenae and St. Beauty Keep it Weird and Wonderful at '3 Days in Philly'

Syd, Ravyn Lenae and St. Beauty Keep Philly Weird, Womanly and Wonderful

Photo Credit: Aaron Ricketts — Syd performs at Trocadero Theatre for 3 Days in Philly on October 14th, 2017.

Philly, you’re a weird fucking city.

Five years and running, I’ve observed your eccentricities at the top of summer. Usually one of the first weekends that holds up to seasonal expectations. You’re a ball of blunt smoke, shea butter and high-grade SPF. But to see you shaking off a red-eyed summer is something else entirely.

Tucked into a bustling cut of Chinatown, there was no better perch suited for the task of taking in the transformation than The Trocadero, a rustic and well-kept venue housed in a historic building as central to Philly’s evolution and widely-unherladed legacy in the arts as it is to an actual map of the city. High-ceilings that have overlooked everything from jam band cults to Beanie Sigel and squad’s infamous Katt Williams beatdown. It’s a place that lends itself quite well to these seemingly-distant factions. Three tiers of seating with pillars on its ground-floor, a weathered coliseum, weird as the city it calls home.

Last night, however, those tall chambers resonated of a wildly different frequency, spilling over with the power, poise and beauty of a glowing congregation.

The function: a star-powered series finale to Red Bull Sound Select‘s 3 Days in Philly, co-presented by the @Okayplayer crew.

The bill: an assembly of badass women that are changing the face of music with genre-defying acts of post-r&b and rock & roll heroism.


Syd, Ravyn Lenae and St. Beauty Keep Philly Weird, Womanly and Wonderful

Photo Credit: Aaron Ricketts — St. Beauty perform at Trocadero Theatre for 3 Days in Philly on October 14th, 2017.

The Warm-Up

Following a few opening rotations from the city’s own Gun$ Garcia, the evening commenced with a jolt of St. Beauty‘s southern-cooked melodies. The ATLien-esque duo, with all the rockstar pedigree, swung with force, lighting up the stage with lush trap-infused grooves like the Insecure-endorsed, “Caught, ” born of a regional recipe of refined, high-style funk fodder. They’d tip a hat with an immersive cover of André 3000‘s “Prototype” before exiting the stage. They’d join the crowd from the wings to look on for the upcoming performances.

You are enough — St. Beauty’s Isis Valentino


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