Memphis music on a Monday! With Drew Erwin, JMSN and Allen Stone headlining the New Daisy Theatre this past Monday, I made my way down to Beale Street to see what was up.
With it being a Monday night, one would think that people would rather stay in than go out. However, a respectable sized crowd came out to support as the room slowly filled. Memphis native Drew Erwin capped off the night as he and his band took the stage.
We’ve come to expect great things out of Drew and his band. He has been playing shows around Memphis quite frequently and is consistently molding his tone and modifying the way he plays and he keeps getting better. Playing original songs like, “When Did I Go Missing,” and “Invisible,” Drew has made a name for himself in the music scene. He also never forgets to remind us of his inspiration, covering songs like “Sex on Fire,” by Kings of Leon and James Bay’s “Scars.” With Drew playing shows across the Memphis area and beyond, expect to be seeing much more from him as time goes on.
A proper start to the night in Drew Erwin was followed with a Timberlake-esque performance from JMSN. The comparisons to JT go beyond the sound, starting with the dance moves and ending with the shaven head phase. We just hope JMSN avoids the frost tip hair stage that we had to suffer through with Justin.
BUT beside all the comparisons, JMSN really does have a sound of his own and has proven his innovation through that sound. Each song had a similar theme of relaxation and groove with a touch of R&B. Playing songs like, “Bout it,” and “Addicted,” from his still fresh self titled album, JMSN is very much a hot artist on the map right now.
JMSN was just a tease of funk, though.
Make way for Allen Stone! The Seattle native was fresh off the yoga mat and onto the stage as he brought his progressive indie funk sound to life. Opening up with his hit, “Upside,” Stone rocked back and forth as his lyrics resonated throughout the venue. Through the fuzz from the bass, Stone somehow blended his free-thinking lifestyle with a solid foundation of rhythm and jazz. It was like Neil Young met Sam & Dave. Llen Stone A memorable night in Memphis, Drew Erwin, JMSN and Allen Stone made a Monday feel like a Friday.
All our photos from the event.
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