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Marc Broussard, Andy Suzuki, Mingo Fishtrap
Thursday 10/02
Marc Broussard, Andy Suzuki, Mingo Fishtrap @ The Hamilton Live
$25 / $30
In 2004, Marc Broussard, then a precocious 22-year-old singer/songwriter, released his major-label debut; he called it Carencro, after the Louisiana town where he was born and raised, and its thematic centerpiece was a hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul called “Home.” That album and the three that followed revealed Broussard as an old-school Southern soul singer blessed with a rarefied gift and innate stylistic and emotional authenticity, causing the L.A. Times to rave, “The guy can really sing, with power, nuance and class. Anybody got a phone book? I’d listen to him hum a few pages.” Those records also evidenced Broussard’s maturation into a songwriter of uncommon eloquence, fashioning the indigenous idioms of his native region into compelling personal testimony. Now, a decade after his critical breakthrough, Broussard has come full circle with A LIFE WORTH LIVING his sixth studio album, a celebration of what home means to him, starting with his wife and kids, the street he’s lived on his entire life, surrounded by loved ones, and all the minutiae of everyday life that he has come to treasure. “Home definitely has a lot to do with this album,” he confirms. “But family has a lot to do with it as well, and those two go hand in hand. The infrastructure of family is really important, especially when you have four kids. Luckily I’ve got family that I’ve been able to lean on throughout all these years. Then,on top of it all, this place is just special. There’s a different way of living, a different way of communicating and a different way of celebrating life here that is infectious. And once you realize it, you never want to leave.” Andy Suzuki & The Method are proving that there is still songwriting and soul in pop music. The band's eclectic instrumentation, featuring electric violin, djembe, and piano, pushes the boundaries of the acoustic singer-songwriter genre and has been garnering rave reviews across the country. NPR declared that "Andy Suzuki...is blessed with a velvet voice," and Time Out New York praised the band's "deadly way with melody." In 2011, WNYC Public Radio named Andy Suzuki & The Method the #1 band in Manhattan in their annual Battle Of The Boroughs competition, featuring the band in 2 show-stopping performances at WNYC's Greene Space. TheUrbanDaily.com recently featured Andy Suzuki & The Method in their 'Top 25 Artists That Need To Be Heard in 2012', asserting that the band's latest release is proof that "there is still soul in music." Capturing the energy of Sara Bareilles' memorable piano melodies, Ben Harper's thoughtful lyricism, and Dave Matthews Band's virtuosity, Andy Suzuki & The Method deliver an unforgettable live show. They formed at Brown University in 2005 when band leader, Andy Suzuki, met hand-percussionist, Kozza Babumba, through a mutual friend. After playing the college circuit for a few years, the duo met violinist Jason Gorelick in 2008. The newly-formed trio ended up playing their first show at Brown's most popular venue, The Underground. It was immediately after this sold-out show that the band settled on the name 'Andy Suzuki & The Method,' marking their official beginning. The band has been touring the east coast ever since, building a loyal fanbase and industry buzz surrounding the release of their upcoming project.