One of the best parts about being a fan of music is experiencing the sounds you love at a live setting. Going to gigs is not something I do too often but on the times I do I have a great time. Saturday night I got to see Mayer Hawthorne for the first time and accompanied with my girlfriend, who is also a fan, it was awesome.
I stumbled upon Mayer Hawthorne after checking out the debut album from Tuxedo, the project he had with fellow producer Jake One. It was a collection of tracks that made it easy to want to be hot and bothered, and that clothes were an accessory that needed to be removed ASAP. It’s blend of smooth flicks and dancefloor hits produced a record that still gets regular spins on the record player to this day.
It was the last night of the Man About Town tour and boy was it a night to end things on a high. The Brooklyn Bowl is a superb venue with the ability to dance and bowl at the same time, and with a huge dancefloor stacked with people of all ages buzzing to see the smoothest man in the room, it was exciting.
First up with Snoh Aalegra, a Swedish singer-songwriter who delivered a set of smooth licks herself which helped get everybody in the mood to get down, and with her soaring vocals and forever shaking hips it was a great way to kick off the night. Her new EP ‘Don’t Explain’ is superb by the way; I highly recommend that you check it out.
Finally, amongst the looped playlist of old school Hip Hop and Funk tunes stepped out Mayer Hawthorne, and to much applause the main event was underway. The setlist was full of hits from Man About Town, as well as previous albums and his latest ‘Party of One’ EP to provide an instrumental that was full of fun and urged the crowd to simply have a good time. A particular highlight would be the performance of Tuxedo’s ‘Do It’ which is mine and my other half’s favourite song, and the first song to really bind us together, and with numerous couples scattered around the venue it was clear that it had the same connection for them as it did us.
It was a sensational night and we had a great time. Mayer and the band absolutely killed it on the stage throughout their ninety minutes and everybody had a great time. It was a great way to say goodbye to the Man About Town tour and the perfect way to build up hype for Mayer Hawthorne’s next venture. I’m personally hoping for a second Tuxedo record but whatever it is, I’m sure it’s gonna be good.