By Paula Araujo
Last month, Nat and Alex Wolff formerly known as the Naked Brothers Band played a show at their old stomping ground, Nuyorican Poets Cafe. The little venue was filled to the brim with warmth as fans in the crowd included their parents, and even former band mate Qaasim came out to support. Joining the brotherly duo on stage was another brother, Jack from the band AJR. The setlist included a few debut songs such as “Glue” and “All Over You”. They even took suggestions from the audience and made up a song called “Apple Waffles”. Fans were treated to favorites such as “Lullaby” “Passing Through” and “Tenderly”. The show was incredibly intimate and felt as though you were just catching them jamming in the comfort of their living room with friends.
Nat and Alex are not only extremely talented musicians, but incredibly down to earth human beings. You would have no idea that they’re currently rising stars on the big screen. They could easily be making much more money off their music if they wanted to by playing larger venues and charging more for tickets plus meet and greets. There’s a reason they keep coming back to this cafe and why they happily stick around after the show and really take the time to chat and meet their fans. Their kindness and hospitality radiates and resonates in way that is hard to find elsewhere in the industry. Their love and craft of music is pure and their appreciation of their fans doesn’t go unnoticed. If that’s not love, then what is.
By Paula Araujo
Last month, hundreds of people gathered at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion in Connecticut for the Anti-Defamation League’s “VOICES: A Concert for Unity.” The evening focused on ADL’s core message of advocating for civil rights by combating bigotry and bullying by spreading kindness and respect. The jam packed evening included Paul Shaffer, Plain White T’s, Suzanne Vega, Alisan Porter (winner of NBC’s The Voice), Adam Kaplan (Broadway star – Kinky Boots, Newsies), and rap artist Napoleon da Legend among others. Throughout the evening their were performances from current and former students of the town’s high school and surrounding businesses such as Double Up Dance Company, Fairfield’s School of Rock, and Music Theatre of Connecticut. Speakers included Suzanne Cover Mescher and Steve Ginsburg.
By Paula Araujo
Saturday September 9, fans gathered at the White Eagle Hall in New Jersey for a jam packed show. The line up for the Road To Riot Fest tour included Bearings, Sleep On It, Speak Low If You Speak Love, Homesafe and State Champs.
Though the show was rather intimate, that didn’t stop the crowd from getting rambunctious for heavy sets from Sleep on It, Bearings, and Homesafe. Speak Low If You Speak Love, is actually a solo project from State Champ’s Ryan Graham that features his vocals plus an acoustic guitar and broken string (at times – not his fault he rocks so hard!)
Awaiting for the headliner, classic tunes that one would hear at Emo Night such as Panic at the Disco’s, “I Write Sins” played. Lead singer Derek DiScanio of State Champs has guest DJ’ed a few nights in the past, making the right mix for the crowd to get pumped just before the main performance. State Champs hit the stage and kicked the night off with “Slow Burn” and the energy through the audience soared as people threw their arms up, sang along, and others boldly crowd surfed and stage dived. The momentum never faded as the band played hits such as ‘Perfect Score” and “Simple Existence.” Even when they played mellow ballads like “If I’m Lucky” fans happily sang their hearts out. There wasn’t a dull moment the entire show. Even after the show, fan got to look forward to spending some time with the bands for photos, hugs, and quick chats. The evening had all the elements for an unforgettable night.