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Sofar’s Highlights of the Month | January

Sofar’s Highlights of the Month | January
Highlights of the MonthJanuary 30, 2019

With hundreds of shows around the world each month, countless memorable moments happen at Sofar. Here are just a few of the special shows we put on in the past few weeks!

Sofar San Francisco Goes Tropical at the Tonga Room

Our team in San Francisco kicked off the new year with a bang when they hosted a special show at the legendary Tonga Room. The Tonga Room, which opened in 1945, is not only the oldest continually operating tiki venue in North America, but has also been described by Anthony Bourdain as "the greatest place in the history of the world." Frequent Sofar alumni Apollo Bebop, On The Sun and Before the Brave played their tunes on the floating stage surrounded by water.

On The Sun performing at Sofar San Francisco's Tonga Room
Before the Brave performing at Sofar San Francisco's Tonga Room show

Artist Adopts Stray Cat, DC Sofar Crasher

At a recent Sofar Washington, D.C. show, a stray cat appeared. He snuck in during soundcheck, slept on people's coats during the show and had the best time. Eventually, one of the performers that night, Heather Mae, and her wife decided to take the little fellow home to save him from the cold. Only a few days later, Harry (his new name) became a permanent resident at the couple's address and has since been inseparable from his feline sister Sallie (yes, Harry Met Sallie). According to his new parents, he is "snuggly and wonderful, and we love him! Also, he matches our furniture!”

Harry, crashing Sofar DC
Harry quickly became a hit at the Sofar DC show
Harry, happy at home with Heather Mae

Sofar Breda Opens its Doors to Participate in Town’s Cultuurnacht

Cultuurnacht Breda is an annual evening in the Dutch city where bars, museums, shops, etc. open their doors to culture (theater, opera, live music, art). Sofar Breda also participated by hosting three mini-Sofars, which were just like a regular Sofar but with artists only performing two songs each, so they could give a taste of Sofar to more people in town.

Hosted at a massive bookshop, cafe and event space called the Grand Theatre, the Sofar saw mini sets from singer-songwriter Pyke, handpan duo Panne Dua, and jazz quintet Loek van den Berg Quintet.

Sofar Breda at Cultuurnacht
Panne Dua performing at Sofar Breda at Cultuurnacht

Solar Power Supplies All Electricity for Sofar Chennai Show

Sofar goes solar! Sofar Chennai put a focus on sustainability with its January show, which was completely powered by solar energy. Their venue, Spaces @ i13, used sustainable materials in its construction and draws 100% of its energy from the solar panels on the roof. All of the electricity used from soundcheck to the end of the show came from those solar panels. Bravo, Sofar Chennai!

Solar panels powered Sofar Chennai's first show of 2019
Sofar Chennai's solar power show

Experience next month’s highlights for yourself by attending a show in your city!