The Foreign Exchange is a 7-piece powerhouse whose energy rivals the most spirit-filled Baptist church service.The music was a relentless wave of rich sound filled with subtle nuances and layered with hints of Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and electronica. However, it was the comedy stylings of Phonte that elevated the show to boss level. Between sets, Phonte maintained the energy by offering unsolicited bits of ratchet wisdom and relationship advice (like “Be as respectfully disrespectful to your woman’s body as possible.”) and weaving in playful jabs at soul-singer KEM by inserting surprisingly good impersonations and “Love Calls” lyrics wherever he could. Nothing, however, could match the unveiling of the new Negro National Anthem “Put Some Respeck on It,” a gospel parody of the now infamous Birdman interview with the Breakfast Club. I cried real tears. A good concert entertains, but a great show changes you. This was one of the greatest shows I have ever attended. The crowd was composed of diverse people — blipsters, hipsters, dappers, young, and old– mingling politely while maintaining an awareness of each other’s personal space. But by the end of the nearly 2-hour set, we were a rowdy tribe of savages bound together by an unforgettable shared experience. The Foreign Exchange crafted a moment that unified everyone in The North Door, despite an array of differences. As the music concluded and The Foreign Exchange left the stage, it was hard to accept that the show was over.