Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Sounds of Summer ’14: Air Traffic Controller and Common Thread
The Kendall Concert Series ended on a high note this summer with performances from up and coming artists providing a fresh take on classic sounds. Rockers Air Traffic Controller offered a taste of vintage rock and roll with an indie twist while Common Thread delivered a funk-filled set reminiscent of days when Kool and the Gang dominated the music scene.
Air Traffic Controller
Wrapping up a multi-city U.S. tour, Indie-rock ensemble Air Traffic Controller (ATC) stopped by Kendall Square to deliver a nostalgic, foot stomping set. MTV has singled out the up and comers as one of the bands in Boston to watch and their Kendall performance exceeded the hype. Their folk infused rock mixed The Lumineers’ modern roots sound with the eclectic indie vibe of The Decembrists.
During a 90 minute set, the band played original tunes off their first album, “Nordo” including the energetic pop-rock number, “Pick Me Up” and sing-along friendly “The House,” title track off their latest album. ATC also showcased tight harmonies with a folksy rendidtion of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses.” ATC even treated the lunchtime crowd to the upbeat “Hurry Hurry,” touching on a subject Kendall square can relate with!
Common Thread laid down a seriously funky R&B set at the Kendall Square Concert Series’ final show of 2014! Featured vocalist (and star in the making) Gabrielle Walter-Clay belted out tunes with the confidence of a performer well beyond her years. Channeling the spirit of Amy Winehouse, Clay and the soulful ensemble wowed with their ability to modernize a genre that reigned supreme over 40 years ago.
Equipped with horns, and soul thumping bass lines, Common Thread pumped out a mix of originals like “Funk and Roll,” the electric “For the One Time” and a funky spin on the Beatles classic, “Dear Prudence.” Each band member also had a moment to shine through rip-roaring solos. Concert goers swayed in their seats as Common Thread transported them back to the Motown era.
For upcoming concert dates, head to Common Thread’s Facebook page.