Mosaic / Reviews / May 12, 2016

San Fermin captures audience

The annual Lincoln Fest ended on a positive note with a rousing performance from Brooklyn-based band San Fermin.

It admittedly took me a few songs to engage in the performance; the band began with some of their less energetic songs, but it left a lasting impression.

There were plenty of highlights to note, and each band member contributed equally to the brilliance of the performance. The two lead vocalists impressed from the start and continued to do so throughout the performance, despite having two contrasting styles. The soothing, effortless vocals of Allen Tate mixed well with the powerful, energetic belting of Charlene Kaye, and provided a pleasant but somewhat unexpected combination that made each individual song memorable.

The different styles of vocals made for a dynamic performance that avoided monotony while remaining true to the band’s overall musical style. The style of music appeared to be influenced by artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird and Odesza, yet still managed to have a unique sound.

There are too many highlights to name all, but a few of the others included the enthusiastic baritone saxophone player, the violinist and the simultaneous pianist and floor tom player who all infected the audience members with their energy and passion. The members of the band had an apparent chemistry that allowed them all to move as a cohesive unit while still owning their individual styles.

There were several moments during the performance when I found myself and others simply standing and smiling widely at the superb quality of the music we heard. Their song “Parasite” started off with an almost ethereal quality to Kaye’s vocals, but quickly transitioned to an instrumental-heavy chorus that made it nearly impossible to stand still. “Sonsick” was another song that seemed popular with the majority of the crowd. It featured Kaye’s range of vocal abilities perfectly, and one could not help but cheer her on during the powerful chorus of the song.

The music was upbeat enough to allow for dancing but mellow enough for others to remain stationary, which appealed to several different types of audience members. During the performance, the separate social circles that existed prior to the performance intertwined as the atmosphere of the room became more communal.

The members of the band communicated well with the audience during and after the performance, welcoming many to take pictures and engage in conversations. The outstanding quality of the performance as well as the band’s friendliness toward the audience members left me feeling satisfied, and I consider it to be one of the most successful performances of the year.

Sam Jacobson

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