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: Sandra St. Victor – ‘Oya’s Daughter’

 

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Having lent vocals to Prince, Chaka Khan, Common, Tina Turner, and The Family Stand, Sandra St. Victor has undoubtedly got a few notches on her belt.

Her newest album, Oya’s Daughter, was produced by the extraordinary Mark de Clive-Lowe and dropped today! Blending soul, jazz, and funk, the mood is undeniable and warms you right up. Watch her video for “Coming Around” and get a taste below!

Catch the talented lady in NYC at Joe’s Pub tonight (9/24) at 9.30PM. Ticket info.

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New Track: Cody Chesnutt – “That’s Still Mama” + Video

 

Now 10 years since the release of Headphone Masterpiece, Atlanta singer Cody Chesnutt is preparing to release his sophomore album Landing On A Hundred in October. In efforts to once again self release his album, he is inviting his supporters to help via a Kickstarter campaign.

Ten years wiser, Cody’s topic matter on the new album will delve deeper to cover a myriad of real life topics in his now expected style of candor. The title itself holds to this honesty, in fact being derived from the saying “keeping it one hundred.” The album was recorded with a ten-piece band at Royal Studios in Memphis, the same place that housed recordings by Al Green, Buddy Guy and Ike & Tina Turner.

Below, stream his newest single “That’s Still Mama” and after that peep the video for a live studio session recording of “Everybody’s Brother.” This all is sounding mighty promising – can’t wait for more!

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