May 8, 2016
Photos by Ashleigh Castro
We shared an intimate night at the Masonic with Santigold on a recent Sunday when she returned to San Francisco after a rain check, where she let us know she would like us to call her “Santi.”“I’m sorry I had to reschedule, and when I did, I rescheduled on Mother’s Day!” Explained Santi, she continued by mentioning how much she loved San Francisco to make the date; the mother missed her two-year-old daughter that day. It is good to see her on the mend from sick leave.
San Francisco is Santi’s golden gateway; the city is one of her deep inspirations and polished her performance. She opened the show the beat drive song “You’ll Find A Way” followed by showering us with the tingling riff introducing her hit “Les Artistes”.
During “Unstoppable,” she invited the crowd to get on stage with her—of course a mob of people started rushing the stage excited to share the spotlight with Santi.
Santi’s set took us into a convenience store full of plastic furniture, munchies and shopping carts. 99¢, her February 2016 album, pops with playfulness and animation. Light hearted in comparison to her raw, alternative, new wave style self-titled Santigold.
She blazed through the night with an even balance of fresh music and classic tracks. Comfortable with the crowd, Santi felt funky, picked up a bass and claimed she is “the worst bass player alive” though she was going to play anyway. The crowd went wild!
Carrying out the groove, Santi wanted to end on a nasty note and make the crowd sweat. She closed it out with … where she turned it out and squeezed in a bonus song throwing it back to her days with Diplo.
A natural born artist who has found herself “an innovator” had created two drastically different albums that blend well into an exciting set. Her work is potentially everlasting.
Setlist: You’ll Find A Way (Switch & Sinden Remix) | L.E.S. Artistes | Big Boss Big Time Business | Banshee | Lights Out | Say Aha | Unstoppable | Freak Like Me | Rendezvous Girl | Who Be Lovin Me | Chasing Shadows | Disparate Youth | Creator | GO! | All I Got | Who I Thought You Were | Brooklyn Go Hard (JAY-Z cover) | Shove It | Can’t Get Enough of Myself | | Hold the Line (Major Lazer cover) | Big Mouth
Find out more about Santigold here. https://santigold.com/