Thao in light and shadow.
STG Presents

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

June 19, 2020 | The Neptune Theatre

Performance Notes

Friday, June 19, 2020
Doors at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:00 pm

General Admission
All Ages / Bar with I.D.

$20.50 advance
$23.50 day of show
(not including fees)

To Purchase By Phone:
1-800-982-2787

STG Presents Thao & The Get Down Stay Down at The Neptune on Friday, June 19, 2020.

After 15 years of recording and performing, Thao Nguyen, of San Francisco-based band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, was exhausted. She had been touring the band’s 2016 album A Man Alive, a critically acclaimed, bone-shaking reckoning about her relationship with her absent father. She was scoring commissions, guest-hosting the podcast Song Exploder, and exploring other paths as an artist. She bought a house with her girlfriend; they’re married now.

In the past 15 years, Thao has avoided being fully out in her public career, having been raised in—and deeply loving—a family and culture distanced from mainstream America’s social progress. As she confronted the division, shame, grief, and silence in her life, Thao found new ways to live in her own skin, and forced her own hand to make a new, different record. In doing so, she created a space wherein she can finally exist as her full self.

Temple is the fifth full-length album from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Produced by Thao and bandmate Adam Thompson, who shares songwriting credit on five tracks, it is also their first self-produced album. Mixer Mikaelin “Blue” Bluespruce (Solange, Skepta, Carly Rae Jepsen) widens the band’s register with beat-forward mixes and immersive, lush tones.

Kaleidoscopic and danceable, grounded by Thao’s singular voice, Temple feels boldly dissonant while still highly accessible. Golden, longing pop meets punk roots. Rock draws from hip-hop, funk, and folk rhythms for intricate, danceable beats. The poetic lyrics are expansive, yet shatteringly personal, inspired in part by the work of writers like James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, and Yiyun Li.. Rage, honesty, clear-eyed regret, and optimistic wisdom run parallel, finding a new way forward.

A temple is a place of worship and sanctuary. We spend our lives searching for temples where we can belong and be loved, but those spaces can also be a kind of confinement. Temple is an album that pushes open boundaries for a different kind of sanctuary, where you don’t have to whisper.

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Venue

The Neptune Theatre

1303 Northeast 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98105-4502

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