"Woman Comes First" Tour: Hirie, Tenelle, Lowtops deliver dynamic performances.
Updated: Apr 20, 2019
Written By Rebecca Victoria
The “Woman Comes First” tour stopped at Cornerstone in Berkeley this Saturday. The show was filled with powerful performances from the Lowtops, Tenelle and Hirie.
$1 of each ticket purchased that night went to Berkeley based non-profit organization, Women’s Earth Alliance, WEA. The organization supports women’s environmental projects through education and community networking all over the globe. A representative from WEA had a booth set up to inform the concert goers of their current and upcoming projects.
After visiting the WEA table the High Vibes team headed over to the merch booth to get some gear from the bands. We were able to catch a glimpse of Hirie and say hello. The headliner was pre-gaming for what was gearing up to be a high-energy performance.
First to take the stage was newcomers the Lowtops. They describe themselves as, space reggae, and that’s exactly what they delivered. Front woman, Ipo Pharr, brought the space vibes with her neon green hair, done up in space-buns. Equip with her teal guitar, rich vocals and her band their futuristic sounds got the audience swaying to songs like their latest single, “Blacks and Blues”. The band reminds me of if “Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century” started her own band 10 years later and starting writing really cool, dark, edgy music.
Next on stage was R&B-reggae singer, Tenelle. The singer was accompanied by her band and delivered a beautiful performance. Her robust, vibrant vocals definitely stand out and give her performance a super soulful vibe. Her set was filled with tracks off her “For The Lovers” album as well as covers like Alicia Key’s “You Don’t Know My Name”. Tenelle had the audience singing along and singing back at her. The set even featured a little saxophone solo.
Finally, the headliner, Hirie graced the stage. As seen in almost every other Hirie concert I’ve watched, she delivered a vivacious performance. There was even a guest appearance from Scott Woodruff from Stick Figure.
Hirie played all our favorite songs like “Don’t Take My Ganja”, “You Won’t Be Alone”, “Boom Fire” and “Sun & Shine”. A highlight from the night was when we got a sneak peak at some new material that will be on her next album. The singer performed “I’m Messed Up”. The track reflects what I think we all love about Hirie, this ability to beautifully sing emotions, even the shitty ones.
Hirie performances are great because they’re one big party and everyone is invited. The music is always phenomenal, there’s always cannabis to be consumed and the drinks stay flowing.
The Hirie band features saxophone, trumpet, keys, percussion, bass, guitar all come together to create this super dynamic high-powered spirited show. Then you add in Hirie’s light but powerful vocals and it’s a recipe for success.
During the show Hirie let the audience know that 100% of poster proceeds will be going to the Families Belong Together organization. The non-profit helps reunite families that have been separated at the border. An audience member even pledged to donate $1000 towards the cause. Everyone in the audience was so connected through the music and feeling all the good vibes.
It was the “Woman Comes First” show and the women definitely showed up strong. The three music artists put on such a great show. They were all so different, unique, confident and so very much themselves. I think they reflect what all women aspire to be, so very much themselves and loved for just that.
We’d like to give a huge thank you to the Women’s Earth Alliance, Lowtops, Tenelle, and Hirie for putting together an awesome event. The High Vibes team had so much fun connecting with all of you. My voice is sore from screaming the lyrics to my favorite songs, and talking to all these talented and inspiring women and my legs hurt from dancing all night. We look forward to seeing some more great shows in the future and can’t wait to see all the new projects!