The Uptown Sound opened with a montage of past songs as JC strutted through the crowd to take the stage. After immediately diving into a slew of groovy soul tunes, the stuffed crowd immediately loosened into a dancing trance that lasted all night.
A throwback to all the classic soul singers, JC is sometimes reminiscent of Otis Redding, and sometimes he’s like a young James Brown. He does more than just pay homage to these classic soul artists though; the entire group puts a stellar contemporary zeal on all their work, sometimes even introducing elements of hip-hop.
I mean how many bands could naturally cover both Wilco and Eddie Murphy in one set? They ended up playing Murphy’s Rick Jame’s collaboration “Party All The Time“ for a vivacious encore.
This new single is more of an O’Jays-inspired track, with a more sensitive tone that features a high-pitched JC singing about the pitfalls of lovin’ someone who just doesn’t love you: “After doing all you can, to prove your love is real / you find out that she don’t love you/or how bad this makes you feel.” But, Brooks & The Uptown Sound wouldn’t leave you hanging — the B-side “Everything Will Be Fine” is a defiant dance number, more indicative of their lively performances.
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound are currently on their month-long “To Love Someone Tour” throughout the midwest, and even the Big Apple will be getting a taste of the Second City’s finest soulmen, an absolute must-see act while they still headline such intimate venues.
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound upcoming tour dates:
11/12 – Wilberts, Cleveland, OH
11/13 – The Blockley Pourhouse, Philadelphia, PA
11/19 – Blue Moose Tap House, Iowa City, IA
11/20 – The Frequency, Madison, WI
12/4 – Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY