Notes Live is the perfect venue to chill out after a hectic week at work. As one entered the venue there was an incredible warmth about it which instantly made one feel at home.
Headlining band The Strides consists of Ras Roni on vocals, Lil Gzeus as MC, Nick Garbett on trumpet, Jeremy Rose on tenor saxaphone, Matt Ottignon on baritone saxaphone, Matt Smith on guitar, Danny Pliner on keyboard, Nick Weaver on bass, Carlos Adura on drums and Fabio Hevia on percussion. Supporting The Strides was family band Uncle Jed consisting of Laura Stitt as lead, and her two cousins Danny and Shannon Stitt.
Uncle Jed opened the night with a beautiful blend of funk, reggae and jazz songs playing some of their funky originals and a mix of cover songs including one of the tracks from New Zealand's reknowned reggae bands, Katchafire.
Lead singer Laura Stitt presented with such an angelic personality. She appeared soulful and sang in what seemed to be perfection. This certainly engaged the audience surrounding her. Although, the audience seemed timid enough not to move closer to the stage, it was obvious that individuals were intrigued by her performance with the band.
One of the main highlights of Uncle Jed is that they didn't need to make much of an effort to make a positive impression. Their chilled-back style was sufficient for one to grow fond of their music; which made it a perfect way to end the week.
Following from a chilled out session, The Strides arrived to the stage quite late. However, all was forgiven as they fastened the pace a notch with some more upbeat music. They played an infusion of some highly energetic afrobeat, reggae, jazz and hip-hop jams which ensured you hadn't sat still.
With heavy and fast-paced rhythms, lead singer Ras Roni and MC Lil Gzeus continuously clapped hands and danced around the stage full of energy; which transferred onto the no-longer-still audience.
The combination of the two acts played a rich variety of musical genres which ensured that one walked away in complete satisfaction - still buzzing the entire weekend.
Remember the band names Uncle Jed and The Strides, as you will no doubt hear about them more often.
Review Score: 8/10
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