Blue Scholars, Made In Heights and DJ 100 Proof at The Showbox at The Market
Seattle legends Blue Scholars headlined Showbox at The Market as part of the 75th anniversary, and it was perhaps the best way to both end the Summer and welcome the Seattle Fall. Setting the mood for the night was the beloved dj100proof. Taking us on a musical journey for an hour, dj100 had everyone in the crowd- and even in the bar- dancing like no one was watching. Spinning classics like ‘Creep’ by TLC to Seattle’s very own The Physics, his balance of old school and modern hits was perfect and kept the set fresh and fun.
If you’ve read the review on the last Made In Heights show, you know there is too much to say about this incredible duo! If you didn’t read it, don’t fret- I will forever love talking about these two. Opening the set with ‘Skylark Interbang’, a song with arguably the best drop, Made In Heights showed everyone who didn’t previously know why they are one of the hottest groups today. Their set is always put together in the most beautiful fashion, showcasing Kelsey Bulkin’s vocals and Sabzi’s unique and perfect beats at the perfect times. As the crowd embarked on our trip to The Heights the dynamic duo dropped some of their new songs into the last half of their set. Without knowing the songs, everyone got lost in the music, dancing like there was no tomorrow. I’d lie if I said I didn’t try to recreate their fantastic choreography because I was definitely trying to mirror it in the crowd without any shame.
The producer/vocalist combination that is becoming more common today is executed the best by Kelsey and Sabzi, and I almost believe that it is because the chemistry they hold on stage is fantastic. Watching them perform is feeling like you know them, and with Kelsey’s relatable lyrics it’s hard to feel like you don’t have a connection to the group. After the “dance” portion of their set, they closed up with ‘Hors D’oeuvre’, and the crowd slowly came down from the ecstasy of it all. It was unbelievable.
Headlining was RCA’s favorites and friends Blue Scholars. Too much can be said about these Seattle legends, and as I stood in the Showbox packed from wall to wall, it became too clear that this city has the softest spot for these two. Introducing themselves as Seattle’s “oldest young hip-hop group,” they took over their school set ready to teach us a thing or two about our city. The diversity of the crowd was proof that The Scholars are a group whose impact won’t die out. Scattering songs from their self-titled album all the way to Cinemetropolis, the Scholars gave us a good swim through their discography as the whole crowd rapped along. As always having to add some comedic relief to the set, Sabzi took over the stage to spit some rhymes about his favorite meal and I watched everyone around me lose it. I think his best line was “rhyming dude with dude/that’s some producer ass rhymes”. Winding down and coming to a close, the Scholars played their touching song ‘Anna Karina’ during which they turned the mood a little deeper and shut off the lights. They also shared a very special moment with us by playing a video of their first show ever- it was truly a treat to see how far these gentlemen have come while extending their legacy.
Check some pics of the night courtesy of our iPhones!