Concert Review: A Tribe Called Red @ Mitchell Hall

A Tribe Called RedHot on the heels of their Juno nomination, Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red took the stage at this years Hillside Inside Festival in Guelph.

The electronic trio had the crowd dancing from the start and kept the energy in the room high throughout the night. The eclectic style of A Tribe Called Red blends their cultural roots with hip-hop, dub-step and reggae. The pow-wow was infectious and was complimented by a video display of Native imagery, often drawing reflection to their political stance on aboriginal issues.

ATCR, comprised of DJ’s Bear Witness, NDN and Shub, were joined on stage multiple times throughout the evening by performers to help hype up the already energetic crowds. Between guys dancing, doing some wild acrobatics and showing off some serious skills with hoola-hoops, this set never slowed. In fact, some fans on the floor were just as eager to showcase their talent and they always had an audience.

A Tribe Called Red

Their unique blend of raw talent and captivating art came together so seamlessly. They even strayed ever-so-slightly from their organic sound at one point in the evening to do an amazing rendition of Reading Rainbow. The child in me was excitedly singing along to the up-tempo version of the nostalgic track.

Although this isn’t the typical type of show I’d find myself at, A Tribe Called Red certainly were a stand-out. I left Hillside Inside feeling as if I had just been to the best party of my life.

For more photos of A Tribe Called Red at Mitchell Hall, click here.

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Shannon Bryan | @xoradioxo

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