SG: The New Kid on the Block
To many in Minnesota, SG Lewis isn’t a name that generates a ton of buzz among a crowd of casual music listeners. However, the few that do know his music were entirely happy for his first performance on Sunday at the 7th Street Entry- or, rather, his first performance in Minnesota ever.
It was quite a debut to the music scene in Minnesota, SG was greeted with open arms at the packed 7th street. Each fan was more a less a super fan who knew his growing discography in and out, hooting and hollering in between tracks and exchanging hilarious banter with SG and the band through the show.
Who is SG Lewis? SG is an up-and-coming producer who has seen his work explode on streaming services. He recently got a prominent feature in G-Eazy’s song “No Less” which used most of SG’s song “No Less” as its entire backing track. On top of that, his original work has gotten significant streaming with tracks like “Yours,” “Warm,” and “No Less” each receiving streams in the 10’s of millions.
Mixing it Up
While those songs stayed on the end of downtempo bedroom beats his new work has taken a drastic turn into an ode to house music, and honestly, he hasn’t skipped a beat it. His current work is a conceptual project about a night out. Dusk, Dark and Dawn. He’s currently finished with Dusk, is ready to turn in Dark and is still working on Dawn. Dusk features the magnificent “Sunsets Pt. 1 and 2” and “Aura.” Both songs that will get you grooving on the dancefloor.
The concert was a back-and-forth between his two styles of music. One track could be filled with slow bass beats and hypnotic vocals while the next would be a house song you’d hear at a trendy club show. Songs like “No Less” were tracks you could close your eyes to, while “Hurting” got the entire crowd dancing all over the intimate 7th Street Entry.
SG Noted this was the smallest venue that he’s played on the tour so far, but he loved the intimacy of the crowd and also the banter. He laughed at crowd comments, chuckled at a very well timed “Fuck yeah” when “Aura” came on and even congratulated a couple that had just completed the Twin Cities Marathon that morning. He was extremely appreciative he had gotten such a big crowd on a rainy Sunday Night in Minneapolis.
Eventually, the as the set neared its end SG Lewis and his band brought out two tracks. One from the soon to be released Dark – EP and one from Dawn – EP. It was a treat to hear something brought out that was so new in its development. It was just a simple piano, vocals from SG and a straightforward metronome backing beat. A track very much in its demo stages. In fact, SG started the song with the wrong chord, and after chuckles all around, he continued on.
Finally, the set ended on “Yours” a bass-heavy, atmospheric track that everyone was waiting for. The crowd absolutely loved it, and even though it was the encore, the crowd kept chanting for more. The band also stuck around to talk to audience members who stuck around. It’s always great to see this, and the intimacy of 7th street really brings it out. As an artist, you really can’t avoid the crowd, so it really allows for interaction for some people’s favorite artists. Something you don’t get at a lot of venues.
Overall, this was an intimate and fun concert. I feel that is a rarity, especially with outfits that are production based. However, 7th Street really brought the band’s personalities to life. I would keep an eye on SG Lewis in the future, his music has been making waves on streaming services, and I could see a significant jump to stardom with the right track or right production credit for a prominent artist. He’s definitely one to watch.