Artist: Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
City Attended: Fall River, MA
Venue: The Narrows Center
Concert Date: 01-25-19
The Reason We Went: With a mesmerizing, grandiose voice that can transport you into any song, original or cover, Sister Sparrow, aka Arleigh Kincheloe, has wowed us with her studio recordings – including 2018’s Gold – so we made it our mission to observe her in the wild, uncaged and set free to fly above an audience.
What We Thought: Those Dirty Birds can chirp! While Kincheloe is clearly a star who effortlessly commands your attention, the band that surrounds her is flocking fantastic. Each member of the seven-piece musical ensemble had their individual moments to shine, including a rousing trumpet solo by Phil Rodriguez that brought the crowd to its collective feet. Keyboardist Nat Osborn also oozes star quality, which shined through as he handled partial vocals on a cover of Toto’s “Rosanna” while remaining an enchanting focal point throughout the set. Kincheloe meanwhile didn’t disappoint, moving us with her wide-ranging vocals and entertaining us with her natural stage presence. One thing was made clear by the end of the night… see this band live because they will exceed every single expectation.
Bonus Takeaway: The venue was fantastic for soaking in the sound of a live performance, including the opening act, Boston-based GA-20, who played a spirited blues set that inspired us to listen to some Buddy Guy on the ride home following the show.
And that’s why we’re giving this show…
Check out our interview with Kincheloe here.
The featured photo is not from the actual show. Courtesy of the Sister Sparrow Twitter page @SisterSparrowDB.