Friday, July 11, 2014
Sounds of Summer - Chad Hollister and The Grey Season
The @Kendall Summer Concert Series vibe blended mellow pop and folk thanks to Chad Hollister and The Grey Season, both who delivered perfect summer sets the week of July 9th.
Forget the perfect low 80s summer weather, there was nowhere cooler than sitting in the shade listening to Chad Hollister’s laid-back jams. The Vermont based rocker’s stripped-down, acoustic set at the @KendallSquare Concert Series was infused with hints of pop, folk, and blues ala peers Jack Johnson and Donovan Frankenreiter. Chad treated the lunchtime crowd to a blissed-out mix of originals and covers.
Chad’s original songs, “Life,” “Spirits Waters,” and “Butch” (a song about his beloved pup) were favorites and he also covered the seminal Johnny Cash number, “Ring of Fire.” Chad beamed during an endearing moment when he introduced “Stop the World,” a tune written for his mother. The self-proclaimed “mama’s boy” explained the title is based on saying his mother uses to describe moments you want to last forever, “Oh, stop the world…I want to get off.” That’s exactly how we felt after spending an hour listing to Chad in the seemingly endless summer sun.
Grey Times Are Great
The good times got even better with five-piece folk rock band, The Grey Season. A Boston-based outfit boasts Jon Mills on guitar and vocals, Chris Bloniarz (impressive afro!) on banjo, Matt Knelman on electric guitar, Ian Jones on bass, and Ben Burns on drums.
The Grey Season’s infectious melodies had a big lunchtime crowd audience tapping their feet to their refreshing take on traditional folk. The band featured tunes from their debut album “Time Will Tell You Well,” including the up-beat pop-rock track “Good Friday” and fresh-take-on-classic-folkie “Aragon Mill” by Si Kahn. A favorite was a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind,” and special guest folk artist Holly MacGarry gave the audience an unexpected delight with an original song, “Arrows.”
The Grey Season is playing at Roggie’s in Brighton on July 17th and at the Middle East Upstairs in Central Square on July 29th. Future tour dates and other information is available via the band’s website, Twitter handle and Facebook page. Sample the album, now available on iTunes, here.