Sofar merges emerging musical acts with untraditional, intimate venues to create something special. "Bringing the magic back to live music," they say on their website. And that's really what happens.
Last night's show was in the back courtyard at the old Maurice Electrical Supply building by Union Market. The weather was fantastic. Plastic Picnic, Edy Blu, and Tyne performed stripped down sets for us. Everyone hung out while the other artists performed, which gave the crowd a chance to talk with the performers — something you aren't likely to get in any other setting.
You can learn more about Sofar and sign up to attend shows on their website.
Note: Descriptions of the artists and their work, below, have been copied from their respective websites, and may have been edited for clarity or brevity.
Plastic Picnic is a Brooklyn-based band comprised of four Pacific Northwest transplants. The group shares a taste for lyrically forthright indie rock paired with driving 80's rhythms, sweetly spun melodies and atmospheric synth and guitar work. The four piece teamed up with Producer/Engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Sonic Youth) to record their upcoming debut release — the first single being "Nausea in Paradise".
Edy Blu easily and literally dances between genres of reggae, jazz, rock and even folk. Reminiscent of Sade, Adele, and Erykah Badu, Edy Blu is still an authentic creation. Edy is a Virginia native, born and raised on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley. A country girl with an urban edge, Edy now resides in Washington, DC.
Her soulful, rootsy vibe and energizing live performances have been garnering her fans from DC to NYC to Cali. She regularly sits in at the Eighteenth Street Lounge on Wednesday nights with D.C. based reggae/funk group See-I, which features several band members of Thievery Corporation. Edy Blu is featured on See-I’s last album, ‘Knowledge Shine Bright’ on the track ‘Queen of Sheba’, which she co-wrote.
18yo Chill-Pop singer-songwriter from Cambridge, England, formerly known as GraceSarah.