Monday, July 28, 2014
Sounds of Summer Recap with Brad Hooper and LowTone Society
The @Kendall_Square Summer Concert Series spanned the generations when throwback folkie Brad Hooper and present-day funksters Lowtone Society brought the heat over two-hours of crowd-pleasing music. Summer never sounded so good.
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, blues and folk reigned supreme. Hooper, a Maine-based singer/songwriter from Maine, has not forgotten the music that revolutionized the world (or at least provided the soundtrack for the era of social change.) He treated the lunchtime scene to a lively set of original bluesy tunes (“Hey There Boys from the woods of Maine”) and timeless classics like Neil Young’s “Old Man,” Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” and the Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling” by The Eagles.
The crowd ate up Brad’s feel-good tunes—in fact, several people in the crowd renewed acquaintances with him from his last @Kendall appearance—and he returned the warmth with energetic singing and playing. Brad, a constant presence on the New England club scene, will continue his summer season at seven upcoming music festivals. For more information on upcoming performances, visit http://bradhooper.net/
Funk music was made for summer. Hot, sticky and dance-driven since the moment James Brown invented the genre, no summer music series is complete without a strong dose of music from the likes of LowTone Society, a fine aggregation of neo-soul, R&B, reggae and hip-hop musicians.
Featuring Jazmin McCray on vocals (a surprise guest artist), Lauren Fuller on piano and keys, Frankie Leroux on drums, Bobby Boushe on bass, Kalani Trinidad on flute, and Craig Hill on sax, the Lowtone posse remixed their eclectic influences into a harmonious mix jammin’ fun that had the audience rocking and bopping. Infectious original jams, hip-hop hits (like Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights”) and legendary dance numbers (Lauryn Hill’s “That Thing”) made the LowTone’s set a highlight of the day.