By Andrew Andrews
Last year we discovered one of our favorite new artists, Marcellus Hall, during Sunday Sounds at 61 Local. So when we heard they were throwing a special Valentine’s edition featuring "The Best of the Worst Love Songs," it was time to head back and find out whom we’d discover next!
The first surprise was that the event had been moved from the usual upstairs space to the middle of the main room, with easy access to the bar and a larger crowd than the more intimate setting we’d known. By the time we walked in a few minutes late, keyboardist Will Fraker was starting the last song of his short solo set. Taylor Simone soon followed with a jazzy R&B trio performing Stutter, a song anyone can relate to if they’ve ever had trouble speaking to the object of their desire. After a couple more tunes, they relinquished the stage to Henry Hall, who delivered a unique spin on love songs by Elvis, Al Green and Jeff Buckley.
Bria Monet next performed Take Me to the Alley before the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Nadia Pinder, invited audience members to share quirky stories about school days valentines for a chance to win clothing from StuyDYED. She also passed around colored pencils and paper, so audience members could craft their own home-made (bar-made?) Valentine’s Day cards to share the love with people they know.
RVBY MY DEAR opened up the last part of the show with an impressive cover of Portishead’s Sour Times, an equally-impressive yet unreleased original called Try, then a cover of Foreigner’s Waiting for a Girl Like You that raised a wave of lighters and candles across the audience. And rounding out the evening was a collaboration by Jess Best with Gianna Masi, Nadia Pinder and Connor Schultze singing covers of the best of the worst love songs by Aerosmith and Alicia Keys.
Whether permanent or just a special Valentine’s Day treat, we enjoyed the move downstairs and were glad to revisit this outlet for new (and tonight, familiar) songs performed by artists we didn’t know. The next time you find yourself in South Brooklyn on a Sunday evening, stop by 61 Local to see if you, too, can discover something new from Sunday Sounds!
Andrew Andrews attended Sunday Sounds at 61 Local in Brooklyn on Sunday, February 12, 2017 @ 7:30pm to write this review.
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