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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New Release: Mayer Hawthorne – ‘How Do You Do’ + Tour Dates & Contest

 

If you’re like us, you’re probably still enjoying the video from Mayer Hawthorne’s “The Walk” that we shared last week. Some of you may have even grabbed his sophomore release, How Do You Do, during the iTunes early release. For those of you holding out for the physical copy, rejoice, it dropped yesterday!

Below, we have a few tracks off the album for folks to sample. Find more of the same Mayer that we’ve all grown to love with his swingy falsetto-ey old soul goodness. Also, be sure to check out the tour dates after the jump – the tour is already in full swing and goes through early November.

Enter our contest to win How Do You Do.

Mayer Hawthorne – “A Long Time”
 

Mayer Hawthorne – “No Strings”
 

Mayer Hawthorne – “The Walk”
 

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Tour dates after the jump

Video: Mayer Hawthorne – “The Walk”

 

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Mayer Hawthorne releases his video for “The Walk” today and we heart it. A peculiar love song video with firearms in interesting places – you’ll need to see for yourselves.

After that, we’d suggest grabbing the exclusive early iTunes release of Mayer’s sophomore album, How Do You Do.

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