2021-12-05 Hardly Raining
Founded in 1995, Thievery Corporation offered a precise and high-quality show, with an endearing genuineness and a felt sense of joy in performing together. The band included founding member Rob Garza, guitarist/sitarist Rob Myers, percussionist Frank Orrall, drummer Jeff Franca, and newly joined bassist Dan Africano—it was just his third show, replacing mainstay Ashish Vyas.
Their blazing 25-tune set included an instrumental opening segment, followed by an excellent cast of rotating vocalists (Puma Ptah, Loulou Ghelichkhani, Natalia Clavier, Racquel Jones, Mr. Lif, and Frank Orrall), and an extended curtain call. Although Seattle crowds can require some coaxing, Thievery had this one waving and jumping.
Folks showed up early for opening singer–songwriter–rapper Dessa. Joining her were a keyboardist and harpist. She showed wit at the mic, sipped her drinks with a licorice straw, and walked the back bar while fans illuminated her with cellphones and sang along. Dessa returned to Seattle last week to headline at Neumos.
Editor’s note: This review was re-published in collaboration with Back Beat Seattle.
Dessa sang to the audience from the bar