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

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Syd, Ravyn Lenae and St. Beauty Keep Philly Weird, Womanly and Wonderful
Photo Credit: Aaron Ricketts -- Isis Valentino of St. Beauty performs at Trocadero Theatre for 3 Days in Philly on October 14th, 2017.
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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