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Banks // 3/16/2017 at Banger's presented StubHub // SXSW 2017 // Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Banks // 3/16/2017 at Banger’s presented StubHub // SXSW 2017 // Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

For every artist we decided to catch at SXSW, we decided to review each performance with our own version of “Five Ws and One H” answering the questions: 1) Who are they, 2) What kind of music do they play, 3) When did they play, 4) Where are they from, 5) Why did we decide to catch them play and 6), How was their performance.


WHO: Jillian Rose Banks p/k/a “Banks”.

WHAT: Electropop that melds Alternative R&B and Trip Hop To sublime perfection.

WHEN: 3/16/2017 at Banger’s presented StubHub.

WHERE: Los Angeles, CA.

WHY: I’ve been a fan of Banks’ music since “Goddess”. I enjoyed that album so much that when I was approved to shoot Coachella in 2014, I penciled in Banks’ afternoon performance in the Mojave tent to shoot. As much as I loved “Goddess”, however, I was less excited about her Coachella performance. I found it lacking energy and inhibited. Flash forward to now, and my friends who had recently seen her on tour urged to me give her live show another chance, promising me that I would change my tune.

HOW: My tune was changed.

Banks’ live show today is a complete 180 from what I had seen at Coachella in 2014. She’s bold and feisty, with her energy on stage matching the energy of her music. Accompanied by two skilled dancers, virtually each song was choreographed to accentuate the waves of dynamics embodied in each one. The seemingly timid singer that I recalled from 3 years ago was now a bold woman who playfully tip-toed the line between majestic dignity and sensual flirtation.

Banks has definitely evolved into something quite spectacular. In my opinion, her performance was impeccable. Precision choreography executed flawlessly, lighting that perfectly set the mood, and a vocal performance that equalled that which can be heard on her recordings. I noticed that Banks’ attire for the performance was a black outfit laced with black feathers. The Roman poet Juvenal has been quoted as saying that a perfect woman is a “rare bird”, as rare as a black swan. Whether she intended it or not, I think Banks made a strong case that she is a black swan indeed.

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