Article By: Ben Sykora
I no longer need validation
Cause my story is long and I’m patient
I know I have lessons to learn, keep my heart open each step I earn
No need for me to feel alone, cause I got a place that I call home” –“I Am,” by Satsang.
In Sanskrit, the word “Satsang” simply means “to associate with true people.” There is really no better way to describe the crowd in Denver that night. On their website, Satsang describes themselves as a “conscious music collective.” Satsang’s mix of soul, folk and hip-hop, provide a unique blend of music, that set the tone for a fun, yet intimate night.
Lead singer Drew McManus grew up just outside of Chicago. McManus describes his upbringing as one of aggression, violence, and abuse. He even described himself as a slave to addiction. After some spiritual experiences, McManus broke his cycle of addiction and began to write. Satsang’s music is uplifting, raw, and emotional. Their show completely embodied those themes.
The crowed had a folky vibe. Those I spoke to before the show, described how impactful Satsang’s music had been to them. One concert-goer even pointed out how crazy it is, that the sound and soul they produce comes from just three members. Satsang delivered a fun concert with a message. The concert ended with an amazing solo performance of their song “Between,” from their new album Pyramid(s). Though Satsang was the opener and a relatively new group, it shouldn’t be long until they make it big.