Mayer Hawthorne Brings the Soul Brigade to Oakland + Photos

 

Photos by Kola Shobo
Words by Brandon Diaz

As if Oakland needed any more soul, they sure got it from Mayer Hawthorne‘s stellar performance at the Fox Theater in Oakland’s Uptown district.

The evening began with a brief but lively performance from curly-haired songstress, Gavin Turek, who strode about the stage with Tina Turner flair in a stunning lavender dress. As the theater filled, Danish soul duo Quadron stole swoons from the packed house as vocalist Coco O. took center stage with a stunning sequined ensemble and ruby red lips.

Their 45-minute set was filled with lively songs from 2013’s Avalanche, all ears clinging to Coco’s angelic voice, eyes affixed to her striking pant-suit dress and tasteful fingerwaves. Sans producer Robin Hannibal (technically one-half of the band), Quadron held attention as they ran through a set that included “LFT,” “Sea Salt,” and a breathtaking cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor.”

And as that sweet perfume of soul music washed the crowd, Quadron finished, allowing Mayer Hawthorne and his backing four-piece band to bring the funk.
Emerging from a glowing broken heart at center stage, the Detroit-area native brought a convivial night of neo-Motown to the Fox. Sporting a royal blue two-button suit and a pair of Nike Air-Max sneakers, Hawthorne lead his band through a nonstop set of grooves that kept hands in the air with continuous jams from his sing-a-long songbook.

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NYC: Giant Step Presents Quadron at Le Poisson Rouge – 4/25

Giant Step is thrilled to re-introduce Danish duo Quadron to New York on April 25 at Le Poisson Rouge. This is a show you don’t want to miss. With their upcoming sophomore album out June 4th, vocalist Coco O. and multi-instrumentalist / producer Robin Hanniba will showcase a new sound that bridges soul, pop, folk, and electronic music and reveals influences such as Lauryn Hill and Sade.

Quadron has already received immense support from notable musicians such as Prince, Gilles Peterson, and Adele. Join us Thursday, April 25 to witness the tremendous talent of this duo.

Giant Step Presents Quadron
Thursday April 25th
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St – 10012 New York, NY
Doors: 10:00 PM
$15 Advance Tickets / More Info 

Listen to Quadron’s new track “Hey Love”: