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Friday, April 17, 2015

An Impressive 'double bill' Jazzes up the Haunt

What: Concert Review
Who: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds with Turkuaz
When: Thursday, April 16th, 2015
Where: The Haunt, Ithaca
Turquaz performs live at the Haunt in Ithaca, NY on Thursday, April 16h, 2015


Last night, two jazz funk bands performed together as a double bill at one of Ithaca's most prime music joints, the Haunt. Having both performed at the venue together in previous years, it was clear both groups had mutual respect for each other from the beginning of their sets to the end, which is always a pleasant thing in itself.
Being at the Haunt for the first time, it's an incredible music venue that may offer one of the best environments to see live music in Upstate NY. With posters up on the walls of previous acts that played there, including an impressive concert by Pearl Jam in the early 90's, and an outside patio that borders a river and the lake, the Haunt holds only several hundred people but has style and uniqueness that make it a great place to experience live music.
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds took the stage first around 9:30PM for a just under an hour long performance. With tons of Energy, lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe managed to get the crowd up and going and dancing throughout her entire set. Brother Jackson Kincheloe played the harmonica like it was easy, proving to be one of the highlights of their performance along with the horns of the band. 'We Love Turkuaz so much we'd like to invite them up to play with us,' Arliegh smiled near the end of her set and invited a few horn members from Turkuaz to play with them.
However, Sister Sparrow's set could of included several of her older tunes, and it was missing one of her signature covers of 'Bulls on Parade/Rock N' Roll.' as we;; as some of her hits like 'The Long Way' and 'Make it Rain.' The band performed songs mostly from their upcoming new album which is due out in May. They also didn't shy away from the covers and teased the crowd with 'You Don't know how it Feels.' There was a slight issue with the sound as well, it was actually too loud for the small music venue, and Arliegh's voice was unfortunately a bit distorted.
Turkuaz made up for that. They performed for a full two hour set, making the crowd a non stop dance machine from the first song to the last. Each member of Turkuaz had their moments, and it's clear that the band plays extremely well with each other. Like Sister Sparrow, the band relies heavily on their horns, but also by two young and inspiring female vocalists that add a different twist to Terkuaz's style of funky jazz. The two leading ladies add a bit of soul to their music.
While the sound might still have been a bit too loud, it was a little bit less distorted than Sister Sparrow's set. Each instrument was heard clearly, including the vocals. Turkuaz proved to be an excellent fit for the Haunt with a near sold out crowd with great dancing music. Turquaz also performed some funky cover songs, including a unique twist to 'Golden Years'.
It was fun to see the young college aged crowd getting up and dancing for the entire time, and nearly everyone in the venue was dancing for both Sister Sparrow and Turkuaz. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds even came in the crowd to enjoy Turkuaz's set, and Turkuaz invited them to perform a song with them during their encore as well.
Despite the sound being too loud and a bit of distortion, it was a good time at an excellent venue in Upstate NY.
Grade:
B+ or A-
Photo Credit Leo Pareti
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Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds:


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