Santigold brought the house down in Baltimore this past week, equipping her set with her stoned-faced dancers, costume changes, and last but not least – a range of songs that any Santigold fan would appreciate.
Theophilus London, sporting a Santigold merch shirt, opened up the show that night, playing his hits and even remixes with his funky guitar players. Loved that he played “Flying Overseas”, my personal favorite from him.
Santigold (formerly known as Santogold) came out to a pumped up crowd who have been ready for her since the night had started. She opened with “GO!” -the first track off of her latest album Master of My Make-Believe, just released this past May. What provided the perfect balance to the fun and lively nature that comes with a Santigold live show were the dancers that stayed to the left and right of Santi White all night. Keeping a straight-face the entire time, you have to give it up for them as they grooved it all night, to every song, even providing an “entertainment-while-you-wait” situation during the times Santigold went backstage to change outfits. I even overheard a guy say, “Those dancers are making it for me, man!” It’s true and even more of a highlight when Santi would join the both of them for a triple-synchronized get-down. Santigold continued on with L.E.S. Artistes and Lights Out, which could arguably be her two biggest/well-known hits from her debut record “Santogold.”
One of the highlights of the night was when Santigold asked members of the crowd to come up on stage to dance with her during an old favorite “Creator.” When the song finished up, Santigold mentioned how she’d never seen some of those moves before, calling out “The Guy with the Orange Shirt,” who really did have some crazy dance moves. How they pulled off bringing that many people on stage without any issues is beyond me but it was an awesome thing to see happen.
Singing more of the hits like “God From The Machine”, “Disparate Youth”, “Anne”, etc. from both her albums that night, Santigold went on to praise Baltimore. The crowd started to chant “B-MORE GO HARD! B-MORE GO HARD!” which was a nice little segway into “Brooklyn Go Hard”, her 2008 duet with Jay-Z. The night ended with a three-song encore ” You’ll Find A Way”, “Unstoppable”, and “B.O.O.T.A.Y”, which Santi and her dancers showed they had and could flaunt through more of that dancing. The crowd was in a frenzy the entire time and what was nice to see was that Santigold had a genuine smile on the entire time, showing that she was having just as much fun being in our presence as we had having her perform for us.
Yeah, we know Brooklyn goes hard, but Baltimore showed that they go hard too.
Check out our photos from the show below!
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