Saturday, May 19, 2012

Soul Picnic

It was a productive Saturday, filled with wedding planning and lots of walking around town on a clear, sunny afternoon. 

We finally figured out the videographer for our big day, which was a relief (considering my own background, it's funny how long that took to finalize!). We also started planning out our honeymoon. Things are coming together...

I started the day off listening to this new band, Alabama Shakes--I think they have a really nice, soulful sound, and I'm embarrassed to admit that I only just realized that the leader singer was a she (thought it was a man, man). She has sort of a cool Janis Joplin thing happening... this one is particularly good:

With Fitz & The Tantrums at WEXT.
Photo ©Jeremy Clowe. All rights reserved.
I think I mentioned before that another soulful band we have grown to love is Fitz & The Tantrums. They definitely channel that old classic soul vibe, and their album Picking Up The Pieces was my absolute favorite from last year.

Yes, they are included in the My Exit show I recorded for WEXT. You can hear it for yourself as the show is re-broadcast tomorrow, Sunday, May 20, starting at 10 a.m. ET. In fact, the first time I heard the band play live was at the WEXT studios last year... and so began my appreciation for all things Fitz (would love to interview them sometime!)

The band is currently hard at work recording a new album, and just offered this cool EP that was recorded during their concert at The House of Blues in Boston last Fall--Sarah and I actually attended the gig, so it's cool to have this! Here is the link to the free download (parental discretion advised):

On a different musical front, we checked out a cool brass band concert this evening just down the street at Union College, that was followed by fireworks! It was a pretty meaningful affair... I'll talk more about that later...

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