Music lovers have much cause to rejoice this week, as the long-awaited Mosaic Music Festival descends upon town with its much vaulted stellar list of performing acts, some of which sold out within hours of tickets going on sale.
Apart from the hugely popular Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds who needs no introduction, we thought we’d highlight three other noteworthy acts you shouldn’t miss.
Esplanade Concert Hall
If something more soothing to the senses is more your cup of tea, don’t miss Philadelphian jazz chanteuse Melody Gardot as she wraps her distinctive hushed and smoky vocals around her wide repertoire of boudoir ballads, accompanied by her highly competent band.
Finding her vocation while undergoing music therapy after she was immobilized for more than a year due to a tragic car accident at the age of 19, Gardot quickly revealed herself to be a beguiling talent with a precociousness, grace and depth of someone who is wise beyond her years.
She takes her heartache and soul suffering and pours them into heartrending ballads, tinged with jazz-blues-folk stylings, winding her way easily and seductively into a listener’s heart and soul.
Expect hits from her albums such as Over the Rainbow, Who Will Comfort Me?, If the Stars Were Min, Deep Within the Corners of My and Your Heart is as Black as Night. Best enjoyed late at night, with cognac and a broken heart.
Esplanade Theatre Studio
Not bad for a band that got their moniker from a throwaway line from the film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Brooklynites Heather D’Angelo, Erika Forster and Annie Hart promise a night of joyful head bopping and shoe tapping with their infectious electro indie-pop sounds which uplift many the spirit with their catchy enthusiasm.
Expect a night of sparkly magic with hits from albums Verses of Assurance, Comfort and Salvation, The Bird of Music and – their best yet - Still Night, Still Light.
One of the alt-rock pioneers that paved the way for other legendary bands like Nirvana and the Pixies which sparked the grunge revolution of the early 90s, Dinosaur Jr’s distinctive blistering guitar fireworks unmistakeably shaped the American indie underground in their day.
Notorious for their apathy towards each other, the band split un-amicably in 1997, after releasing seven milestone albums which gave birth to and defined their freeform, ear-splitting anthems.
Fans were shocked in 2007 when Dinosaur Jr released a new album Beyond, which NME critics deemed “a genuine monster”. The follow-up to this triumphant comeback was Farm, released in 2009 to the sound of critics’ thunderous applause – harking back to the days when they hated each other’s guts and produced full-on, angst-driven alt-rock.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch what purports to be a life-defining moment as these alt-rock monoliths rock the house down with old classics and new hits alike. And if you live to tell the tale, let us know.