Zion I, Pep Love, Dublin
Friday, April 2, 2010
Better Than: Your last house party.
Friday night, Zion I performed its second show in a row, joined by fellow natives Pep Love of Hieroglyphics and Dublin of Jazz Mafia fame. This evening was a showcase of Bay Area love, and proof that Northern California knows how to throw a party.
Dublin got the night going looking like he'd made a wrong turn on his way to a lounge gig–he was clad in a suit and had slicked back hair. But taking the mic, he offered a fluid mix of funk, old-school hip-hop, and comedy. Performing a host of songs off his new album Ease The Pain, he had everyone's attention by the time he whipped out the electric violin, further diversifying the set. The other opening act, Pep Love, played to a crowded room and had a passionate, positive set that kept people focused and amped for the headliners.
The night was really all about Zion I's homecoming, though. After spending two months on the road, they proved their live setup is really worth waiting for. Accompanied by keyboardist Kev Choice, drummer Jetman, and vocalist Codany Holiday, the performance was positively magical.
Zion I started with the title track off their latest album The Take Over. The songs held their own, as the group worked through a set of what could only be called psychedelic hip-hop.