This weekend was the Grog Shop‘s Annual Free Weekend of Concerts. I managed to captured the last day of this offering on Sunday, January 6th, 2019.
Alyssa Boyd‘s ensemble is has a groovy feel reminiscent of neo-soul with a solid bassist that plucks smooth passages. Not only do they have grounded original songs of their own, but they covered songs like “Pursuit of Happiness” from the hometown hero of Cleveland, Kid Cudi, and “A Natural Women” from Aretha Franklin.
Michelle Gaw is a songwriter with vibrant and detailed lyrics along with playful guitar skills. Gaw has catchy and memorable tunes like a song about the adventures of a couple of ants.
Braxton Taylor is a songwriter with a lot of blues influence that opened up with a cinematic feel of traveling through a dusty road during a hot summer day. As Taylor got comfortable, there were a few memorable moments on stage that displayed a lot of blues chord progressions and solos: a cover of Michael Jackson’s Rock With You; freestyling a song about the free weekend at the Grog Shop; and for a brief moment, playfully remixing Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” with R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” for some awkward laughs from the crowd.
Brent Kirby is a multi-functional musician that plays a three-piece-band-in-one. Kirby manages to simultaneously playing the guitar, harmonica, and a kick-drum-board-pedal-effect (I do not know what else to call it, someone send me a better term). Kirby creates tunes that are reminiscent of a big Americana, Blues, Country band.
Article and Photos by Jamal Lawson