Photos by G.
On September 21, 2012, not only was it my dad’s birthday, but Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn hosted a trio of great singers all in one great evening. Headlining was Michael Kiwanuka and the openers were Foy Vance and Marcus Foster.
Ireland’s Foy Vance kicked off the show and though his set was very short, he packed a powerful punch. His voice was so powerful that he hardly needed to use a microphone, although he did. His music is folk-based rock and he played piano as well as guitar. He got the crowd warmed up for a great night and on his final song “Guiding Light,” he had the audience singing along even after he left the stage. I’ve never seen that before!
Britain’s Marcus Foster was up second and like Foy Vance, his music is folk-rock. Also like Foy Vance, Marcus Foster has a great and powerful voice. Marcus joked around with the audience in between songs and he mentioned his gratitude to be playing on Michael Kiwanuka’s tour. You can hear some of Marcus Foster’s music on his official website.
British soul/folk singer Michael Kiwanuka was the headliner and he capped off an evening of great music. Though he’s been compared to Otis Redding and Bill Withers, he sort of reminded me of Joe Cocker – but without the rasp in his voice. Backed by a 5 piece band, there were moments of soul, funk, blues and folk in his hour long set. Before launching into a cover of Jimi Hendrix’ “May This Be Love,” Kiwanuka dedicated the track to Jimi and said that Hendrix was one of the people who inspired him to make music. Kiwanuka’s debut album “Home Again” is a contender for the coveted Mercury Prize award and we wish him the best.
After the jump, see Michael Kiwanuka’s set list as well as photos of me with the above mentioned singers, because if you are a reader of this site, you know that I like to get the full concert experience when I go out.