Last Tuesday, March 18th, I had the pleasure of checking out the up and coming Bishop Briggs and SHAED. They performed at the Showbox Market, which is located in the heart of downtown Seattle a few blocks from the famed Pike’s Place Market. This is one of my preferred all ages venue since the bar is lifted on both sides of the stage so it is easier to get a better view if you don’t want to deal with the crowd.
One of the first things I noticed was the age range of the fan base. I was expecting the majority of people to be younger but I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of people of, for a lack of a better word, all ages enjoying the show. It is exciting to find artists that are able to bridge the gap between ages and genres. The music becomes an inclusive experience – one you can share with everyone in your life, not just your friends.
The opener, SHAED, is a pop electronic trio consisting of twin brothers, Max and Spencer Ernst, who play multiple instruments and lead singer Chelsea Lee. Recently having started their their tour, the band had performed at multiple popular music festivals including Coachella and SXSW. SHAED‘s performance was cut short due to illness but they enchanted the crowd with their popular songs including “Perfume”, “Just Wanna See”, and “Thunder”. If you enjoy Sylvan Esso, I would definitely check them out.
After a long intermission due to scheduling changes, Bishop Briggs hit the stage and captured everyone’s attention. I sneaked off to the front to take pictures but the blue, red, and purple lights made it difficult to snap a quality photo. I respected her choice of lighting since it made me drop my phone to really listen and experience her music first-hand, instead of through a four and a half inch screen. Bishop Briggs is a genuine, talented, and powerful British artist who puts her all into her music and performance. Her music is a blend between alternative, pop, and electronic. She commands a power and I can easily see her headlining Bumbershoot in the next couple of years.
I would definitely recommend checking out the rest of Bishop Briggs‘s tour, not just because of her amazing stage presence, but because both SHAED and Manatee Commune will be opening for her on the remaining tour dates. Manatee Commune is a multi-dimensional artist who mixes samples from instruments he plays and turns them into wonderful catchy songs that make you want to dance (like my favorite song “Clay”). Check out their tour dates because I want you to join in on this incredible experience.