Stephanie Poetri Keeps It Sweet and Breezy At Head In Clouds Thoughts+Photos: Stephanie Poetri at 88rising's Head In The Clouds 8/21/22
LOS ANGELES, CA–
“…At music festivals … try as you might … it’s virtually guaranteed that you won’t be able to catch… and appreciate… all of the scheduled acts. You put little stars next to performances you’d like to catch, but sometimes that trek across the festival grounds makes you reconsider your wants and desires.
Back at Head In The Clouds 2019, an act that I had to scribble off my list was Stephanie Poetri. I can’t recall the exact reason why, but I had to skip the performance. With a friend of mine playing in Stephanie’s band… who encouraged me to come out and enjoy the set… a small bubble of guilt lingered for a spell. Fast forward to this year’s Head In The Clouds, and my friend once again nudged me to catch Stephanie’s performance. Time to make good on that 2019 omission.
Stephanie was an absolute delight. I don’t know whether it was planned this way, but 88rising had a really nice slate of killer R&B/Soul/Neo Soul/Bedroom Pop on hand, Stephanie’s performance definitely included. From her most viral hit “I Love You 3000” to her heart-strings pulling “Picture Myself”, her delicate soprano vocals floated in the midday sun. She even covered Owl City’s “Fireflies”, which really allowed her light voice playfully jump around with the song’s staccato notation.
When I did some research on her …. umm… looked her up on Wikipedia … I found out that her mother is actually an Indonesian “pop diva singer”. Clearly, Stephanie has the tools to build her own career and I’m excited to hear it evolve. Perhaps next time I can catch a performance apart from Head In The Cloud and get more than just a 25-minute sampling…”