Kevin Morby’s folk/indie rock has recently taken over the music scene. Morby’s name may sound familiar to fans of rock bands The Babies and Woods. His solo career started with a bang when he released Harlem River in 2013. His acclaim continued with the favorably received Still Life. But it was after he released Singing Saw, his third solo album, last April, that the world fell in love with him and his folksy charm. He has since been named one of the “best live acts of 2016,” and this statement couldn’t be more true. But if you don’t believe me, check out the song “Parade” from his 2014 album Still Life to be convinced:
Morby fans packed Schubas for his show, and although it was a small venue, the energy was outrageous! Everyone knew all the lyrics to all of Morby’s songs – a rare occurrence at Schubas – and everyone jammed out with him. The music transported the crowd from Chicago to his hometown of Kansas City, with its folk inspiration. Heads bobbed up and down and everyone felt the vibes of the music.
The show was intimate despite the number of people there. Morby makes each member of the crowd feel like he’s singing to them personally. This feeling of human connection is the magic of seeing Kevin Morby live in concert.
If you’re currently kicking yourself about missing out on a chance to hear one of the best acts of 2016, don’t worry! Kevin Morby will be back, along with a dozen other amazing bands, for the 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival, so don’t miss him there! You can also get ready for the upcoming show by downloading Singing Saw if you haven’t already. After all, you don’t want to be the only one at his show that doesn’t know all of the lyrics!