A gloomy saturday in Prospect Park, did not deter fans from attending Celebrate Brooklyn!, where Joe Purdy, The Low Anthem and The Lone Bellow performed. The concert started off, with folk singer/songwriter, Joe Purdy, singing his very apropos song, “I Love The Rain The Most”. His mellifluous voice, soulful lyrics and country flare definitely swooned over the soaked audience. Inspired by his father’s records of James Taylor, Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly, Purdy realized his fondness for music and thus decided to pick up a guitar and write his own songs. Many people who listen to Joe Purdy’s storytelling lyrics can agree,that it sweeps you off your feet and sends you on an intimate, melancholy journey through the country fields, which is exactly what he did that Saturday night at Prospect Park.
As Purdy concluded his last song, the sky illuminated with lightening just as Low Anthem took to the stage. However, it did not stop the Rhode Island based band from providing Celebrate Brooklyn! with a melodious performance. The band consisting of three talented vocalists and eclectic instrumentalists, Ben Miller, Jeffrey Prystowsky and Florence are recognized for their skillful song writing, creative abilities of using their artistic talents in creating their recording studio and album covers and their usage of multi- instrumentalism.This was evidently indicated on Saturday night, when Florence played an exquisite violin solo and Ben Miller, the leader singer, played the harmonica and guitar simultaneously. If that wasn’t enough, Ben Miller, recently mentioned in an interview in Paste Magazine, that their new album will include even more instruments, as well as a new mysterious side to them. Definitely, an album to look out for.
As the sky started to clear up, Low Anthem exited the stage and the “Brooklyn Country” band, The Lone Bellow came on. As soon as they entered the stage, the audience arose and shrieked in excitement while Lone Bellow started singing “You Can Be All Kinds of Emotional”. With their upbeat stage presence, blended harmonies and genuine lyrics it is no surprise that The Lone Bellow is the new hottest band in 2013. The talented way that the lead singer Zach Williams is able to merge his voice with his fellow band mates, guitarist, Brian Elmquist and mandolin player Kanene Pipkins is so magnificently haunting that it leaves you with chills running down your spine. In conclusion, Joe Purdy, the Low Anthem and Lone Bellow definitely took the audience at Prospect Park by storm. (pun intended)