If your Saturday seemed a little more Strange than usual, it’s because the stars once again aligned to bring Kansas City’s favorite spawn Tech N9ne to the Twin Cities. Given that his last few Minnesota shows have been at The Myth in Maplewood, it’d been a long time since Tech had the chance to rock Minneapolis-proper. Making his debut at The Armory, Tech and his Strange Music army reaffirmed that the venue is Tech country. Here’s our Four Takeaways.
1) Tech gives you what you want from his performance – Chances are, if you’re even a passing fan of any genre of music, you at least have a friend who has seen Tech live and told you how good it was. With on-stage experience spanning three decades, Tech somehow still has the same relentless energy and laser-accurate precision when it comes to Krizz Kaliko and his on-stage synchronization, banter, vocals and cues. Saturday night was a trapeze and a handful of French words from being a Tech N9ne Cirque de Soleil show.
2) Tech gives you what you want from his setlist – Anytime an artist becomes 20 albums deep into a solo career, their live show is going to have to pick-and-choose which songs get heard. Fortunately, Tech’s show was structured to make sure no matter what era of Tech is your favorite, you were served. Newer fans got “Don’t Nobody Want None” and “Ery’body But Me,” Day-ones got “Einstein” and “Caribou Lou,” and even the tracks he didn’t have time to do the full rendition of, we got live excerpts from “I’m A Playa” and “Areola.”
3) Minnesota Tech-nitions are a Considerate type of Strange – Full disclosure, I’ve been following Tech N9ne for almost two decades now, with my live-Tech experiences almost exclusively taking place on the east coast. The times I’d since Tech since moving back in 2016 have all been from the balcony. Saturday was my first time in the center of the pit for Tech here, and I had quite the moment. Pulling out my phone to take a picture during “Show Me A God,” I (perhaps unsurprisingly to anyone else on the planet) got my phone knocked out of my hand to the floor. Immediately, the slam dancing fans in my immediate vicinity froze and lit their phones toward the ground to help me find it. Once I picked it up and affirmed that it was undamaged and working fine, we moshed that much harder. I don’t know how that would have gone elsewhere, but you bet’cha I appreciate that Minnesota Nice.
4) Tech Maximizes Every Second – Even with plenty of costume changes, special effects and audience participation, Tech’s keeping a running tab of how long he’s been on stage to let you know how much Tech you’re getting. Almost hitting the two hour mark, Tech went deep into 12:07 AM, leaving the crowd a sweaty, fulfilled good time. Tech’s kinetic energy is enough to power the city until his return, which I hope is soon.