Soja At Virginia Polytechnic Institutes’s Gobblerfest
Blacksburg, VA — Sometimes, a band totally flops. The artists are not into the concert, and consequently, neither are the fans. These shows can be painful to sit through no matter how much you love the band. On the other hand, sometimes you see a band that is totally into the show. Their passion fuels the audience. Then, the audience’s enthusiasm enrages the bands desire. Suddenly, you have the type of concert that you will remember forever:
August 28th, 2009, Soja performs for Virginia Polytechnic Institutes’s Gobblerfest. It was one of the more epic shows that I have ever seen, and one of the only where I lost my hearing from the audience’s cheers rather than the blaring speakers (which in this case were cranked up to 11). Soja is a reggae/rock band which has recently started to get some attention. This was my first time hearing their music. The first thing I did following the concert was run out to but two CD’s. There is something about the way these seven people carried themselves that just created an out-of-this-world stage presence (trumpet, sax, bass, drums, bongos, guitar, lead singer). By far, the highlight of the concert was “Can’t Tell Me”. Listening to the lead singer lilt, “You can’t tell me who I am. Cause I’m working on that to,” made my night. They have a very unique sound comparable, only slightly, to the Expendables. I give them an 8 out of 10… they blew me away for an up-and-coming band.