A Tribute to Little Stevie Wonder

A Tribute to Stevie Wonder – Review and Photo Gallery

A Tribute To Little Stevie Wonder

The 8×10, Baltimore, MD (May 12, 2016)

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]L[/su_dropcap]et me tell you guys a lit­tle some­thing about this Bal­ti­more town. I have only lived here for less than a year, but in that time I have seen some of the most mov­ing dis­plays of com­mu­nity and love than any­where else in the world. There is so much per­son­al­ity here, a cul­ture all of its own that focuses on eat­ing, drink­ing, shop­ping and sup­port­ing local; a strong pride in all things Bal­ti­more and a love for all of its strengths, as well as its faults. Of course, my pri­mary expe­ri­ence with Charm City has taken place in the music scene, and on Thurs­day, May 12, 2016, Bal­ti­more pro­vided me with one of the most inspirational displays of local musicians that I have ever experienced.

The 8×10 is the ideal venue for an all local event. It has been around for years, every­body in town knows it, and most of all, it pro­vides an inti­mate atmos­phere for the artists and audi­ence. Blues­man Quin­ton Ran­dall opened up the evening with the trio ver­sion of his band The Cleanse, play­ing a pow­er­ful set con­sist­ing of orig­i­nal tunes and cov­ers. The young gui­tarist and his band rep­re­sented Charm City well, as the crowd jammed and danced along with them. They even gave the crowd a lit­tle glimpse into their cre­ative process, as they asked to dim the lights all the way down while the rocked out a mas­sive instru­men­tal jam.

Squaring_The_Circle_&_Friends_The_8x10_2016-05-12_MG_5119Speak­ing of lights, it is worth more than a men­tion that spe­cial guest light­ing designer Aaron Kovel­man (aka Ronny RedRocks) was in the house pro­vid­ing an epic back­drop on The 8×10’s brand new house light­ing sys­tem! Kovel­man, for­merly the light­ing designer for local Bal­ti­more funk out­fit Pigeons Play­ing Ping Pong, now trav­els the world run­ning lights for some of the biggest live music events on the scene, includ­ing Coachella, most recently. Every­one was stoked to have him aboard, and he most def­i­nitely did not dis­ap­point.

“Baltimore provided me with the epitome of what a local music scene should be.”
A Tribute to Little Stevie Wonder

     With the crowd suf­fi­ciently warmed up and more fans stream­ing in, the trib­ute to Lit­tle Ste­vie Won­der began. Squar­ing The Cir­cle shared the stage with Rachel Ann Mor­gan and Jor­dan August for a huge intro of “Signed Sealed Deliv­ered,” “Boo­gie On Reg­gae Woman” and “Uptight Alright,” each one fin­ish­ing in a roar of applause. Amanda Lynne graced the stage for a rockin’ “Higher Ground” and “Mas­ter Blaster.” Squaring_The_Circle_&_Friends_The_8x10_2016-05-12_MG_5119They also wel­comed Brooks Long to the stage for “My Cherie Amor,” “Liv­ing for the City” and “He’s Mis­ter Know It All,” while Rachel Ann Mor­gan joined Squar­ing The Circle’s Carl Dougherty in “Maybe Your Baby.” Mikey Borhorquez stepped up for a nice funky trio of tunes, includ­ing “Sir Duke,” “I Wish” and the one that every­body was wait­ing for, “Super­sti­tion.” Tim Nodar hopped up for “Jesus Chil­dren of Amer­ica” and Cara Kelly took over for “Isn’t She Lovely,” “Sat­urn” and “As.” Finally, John Chris­t­ian Kane took the lead on “If It’s Magic” and then he wel­comed the whole crew to join him for the finale in the form of “Another Star.” Squar­ing The Cir­cle con­sists of Tyler Faci­noli (keys), Nate Shulkin6 (drums), Dan Kutcher (bass) and Carl Dougherty (gui­tar, vocals), and the full cast of musi­cians also included Mario D’Ambrosio (sax), 

Erik Morra (per­cus­sion), Kim Gra­vatt (sax, flute), Danny Davis (trum­pet), Aaron Walker (keys), Ben Schmier (bass), Char­lie Blatt (gui­tar), Patrick Rainey (sax), Jor­dan August (gui­tar, vocals), Rachel Ann Mor­gan (vocals), Mikey Bohorquez (vocals), Amanda Lynne (vocals), Brooks Long (vocals), Cara Kelly (vocals), John Chris­t­ian Kane (gui­tar, vocals) and Matt Kutcher (drums).

     All in all, every­one absolutely killed it! Musi­cians, light­ing, sound, venue, crowd, every­one just straight up rocked! All of us danced the night away to great tunes, great peo­ple and great fun, while every­one on stage seemed to be hav­ing just as much, if not more, fun as us. The stage and crowd were both filled with peo­ple of all dif­fer­ent ages, races, reli­gions and creeds, and all of us were there for one rea­son: to cel­e­brate the music of one of the most gifted song­writ­ers, singers and pianists in the his­tory of music. In the process of accom­plish­ing that goals, we also cel­e­brated the wealth of tal­ent that exists in our amaz­ing local music scene. What an absolutely incred­i­ble evening!

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