Ishi Is as Ishi Does: Nonstop Dance Party at the Stafford

When JT Mudd and Brad Dale began their musical experiment in 2006, they probably didn’t consider that they would one day be sharing stages with acts like New Order, SBTRKT, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Pretty Lights, Big Boi, Neon Indian, Toro y Moi, and Marina & the Diamonds. Lo and behold, they have. Ishi has long passed the gauntlet of festival validation, playing SXSW, Meltdown Music Festival, Wicker Park Festival, etc. to great audience and critical acclaim. In 2010, the release of Ishi’s critically acclaimed freshman album “Through the Trees”  won awards from the Dallas Observer for Best New Act & Best Electronic/Dance Act. The sophomore album, “Digital Wounds,” was released in the spring of 2013 with the goal of creating a mental dance party experience for the listener. This expectation is met with literally every track on the album. It never stops. Ishi never stops. The only thing better than the imagined disco lights, feather boas, crazy-cool glowing sunglasses, and nonstop jig action is the real thing.

You can’t pass up an Ishi show. You just can’t. Seriously, just look at this:

Ishi is the physical manifestation of everything you wish you could be all of the time. No inhibitions, the energy of pure methamphetamine, glow paint, bitchin’ lights, bitcin’ attire, and bitchin’ music. Ishi exists in a realm free of insecurities, thus the goal of their live shows is to take the audience to that realm with them. There’s no need to waste time by comparing them to other Soul, Funk, Folk/Electro, Techno/House groups that draw inspiration from Muskogee Creek Indian heritage, so I won’t go there. What is important to talk about is how much fun a live Ishi show is.  Every time this dynamic duo hits a stage, they do everything in their power to exert an “entirely unique environment of mysticism, awareness, love and acceptance.” It’s Woodstock, neon, and synthesizers in a blender set to “Dance.” Ishi is an unparalleled experience, and a must-see for everyone. Be there Friday the 28th!

Doors @ 8:00 pm

$10.00 tickets available at the door and online

By: Dylan Huddleston

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