Last Sunday Zumix kicked off its annual Summer Concert Series at Piers Park. Thanks to Eastie’s popular youth performing arts center these Sunday afternoon concerts have been something residents look forward to each summer.
The venue at Piers Park with its sweeping views of the Boston Harbor and skyline, one couldn’t ask for a better location to have a picnic or take the kids to the park all the while listening to free music.
This upcoming Sunday, Boston’s 8-piece R&B ensemble Miss Fairchild will perform at the concert series at 6 p.m. However, music from Zumix kids and bands will start at 3 p.m.
Miss Fairchild perform in the grand tradition of the Motown/Stax innovators of the 60’s, and the glittery Pop-Funk icons of each succeeding decade. Channeling both the urban ferocity of The Dap Kings as well as the slick live acts of Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, they tilt their fedoras to the past, while dancing in tandem with the contemporary.
At the heart of any great show band is a charismatic front man. Travis Richard (or “Daddy Wrall”) leads Miss Fairchild with soulful voice and energetic step; a tribute to his tireless heroes, Prince and Michael Jackson. Growing up as the preacher’s son in a small town, Richard discovered a yearning to command the stage. Now playing sold-out shows backed by an incredible rhythm section, raw funk horns and the chemistry of a newly added hype-girl, Richard and his band embody a fully-realized childhood dream, howling and wailing their songs in a voice that’s familiar, yet entirely their own.
Stop by Piers Park Sunday and check them out.