|Friday, September 3|
FREE ADMISSION — No ticket necessary
What better way to spend the First Friday of Labor Day weekend than a hang downtown that includes a free show at Jannus Live?
Three terrific bands will rock the courtyard, headlined by Will Erickson & Local Roots. His sounds is a combination of percussive strumming, reggae, folk-rock, a dash of funk and a little taste of the South, all stuffed in a blender and set on high. The Apollo Beach-based singer/songwriter has spent the last few years establishing himself on the Southeastern touring circuit, and this will be his first major Bay area gig in quite some time.
Adding sublime melodic punch to the bill is 10th Concession, a quartet led by Tampa brothers Ian and Evan Koteles. Their pop-informed rock sounds features just the right measures of sensitivity and muscle. The Koteles guys harmonize as only brothers can.
In 2007, the duo moved to Nashville where they would spend more than a year writing and recording their current self-titled album, 10th Concession, the title of which is derived from the street that their father, and greatest musical influence, grew up on.
Rounding out the bill in splendid fashion is the Orlando pop/hip-hop foursome No Ordinary Cats. The group blends emotional raps with dreamy hooks and gauzy harmony vocals (and even a sniff of samba) — a hip-hop-based act unashamed to be lovers not fighters.
These are No Ordinary Cats, indeed. They’re an eminently soulful bunch.