November 16, 2017

Holding Court

The Dividends ruled in the Design District

As a performer, you’d be hard pressed to find a backdrop in this city more eye-catching than Daniel Arsham’s “Moving Figure.” The Dividends proved so last night. Their show at Wheelhouse—along with the moody blue lights and too-perfect-to-be-November weather—transformed a fully-packed restaurant patio into an intimate gathering.

The group (duo more precisely) is a collaboration between singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe and the Grammy Award–winning producer Symbolyc One (S1). While the two work prolifically and perform as individuals, their live shows together are few and far between, making last night a rare treat.

While Jaffe’s voice floated in the outdoor space known as Center Court, S1 played produced pieces, triggering beats in real time—a mixed arrangement of pop melodies and hip hop. Special guest (and frequent collaborator) Sam Lao joined for a handful of songs, bringing heat to Jaffe’s sense of cool.

All three artists are Dallas-based—talented and impressive representations of the city’s diverse music scene. The crowd, however, was an international mix. The performance did Dallas justice, as did the lively crowd and excellent food. “This,” said a visiting guest in an Italian accent holding a brisket taco, “is best the I’ve ever had.” An eclectic mix of a night, for sure.

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Photos | Central Track