Review: Foy Vance/Marcus Foster/Michael Kiwanuka at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on September 24, 2012 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka

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.

Foy Vance

Foy Vance

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!

Marcus Foster

Marcus Foster

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.

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka

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.

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MNDR Plays Intimate Show at Red Egg in NYC

Posted by The G on September 22, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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MNDR

On September 21, 2011, Amanda Warner aka MNDR played a very intimate 4 song set at Red Egg in New York City.  The event was a fashion party for Court Boutique.  She played a few new tracks from her upcoming debut album and the songs are great!  The new material is very dancey and the audience was loving it.  There were fog machines (hence the smokey picture above), trippy projections and dance grooves for days!  I am really looking forward to her record.  I spoke with MNDR and she has some exciting news to tell you about in the very near future, so stay tuned to her official website or follow her on Twitter.

 

Will Cotton talks about Katy Perry

Posted by The G on September 22, 2010 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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We all have the HFA to thank for telling me about this fabulous event where artist Will Cotton talked about his career, posed for a photo with yours truly and even mentioned his recent collaboration with Katy Perry.  Awesomeness times 4!

Enjoy another happy famous artist by clicking “play.”  It’s that easy!

Moby @ Irving Plaza

Posted by The G on September 22, 2009 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Moby!

Moby!

On September 21, 2009, Moby played the Fillmore East at Irving Plaza in New York City.  I was lucky enough to see the sold out show and Moby did not disappoint.  While the decision from the audience to watch the action rather than participate in a 90 minute dance party was a little strange to me, I left the venue with no complaints.  Moby told stories about seeing shows at Irving Plaza and also played crowd favorites such as Body Rock, Honey, Porcelain and We Are All Made of Stars.  And we are!

More pix of Moby after the jump.

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