The opening of the show was that of New York 79.5, who played a mix of funk, disco and a bit of jazz for good measure. The group is led by Kate Mattison, and she is joined by Isaac on flutes and sax, Antonio on drums, Sanchez on the Keys and Lola on vocals.
They played their first Big Crown Records single, “Terrorize My Heart,” towards the end of their brief 30-minute set.
i feel like Durand Jones and directions, which formed in 2012, are part of a new soul wave, popularized by Sharon jones and the Dap-Kings (which also served as a session group for Amy whinehouse), Charles bradley, and so many others who have helped shape the genre.
We first heard about the band in April 2018, when we said, âAll indications are clear – this is a band to watch – Hillaryville, LA by Bloomington, IN neo-soul singer-songwriter and band, Durand Jones and directions for a refreshing âsoul nightâ at a recent sold-out stop at 7th St Entry in downtown Minneapolisâ¦. Neo soul needs a new champion – we miss Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and locally Sonny Knight – all of the older mainstays have enjoyed a musical renaissance later in life, in careers that have made them more popular than ever, but unfortunately all of them have lost recent health battles and are no longer with us. Fortunately, some of the younger generation have picked up that torch to continue, mixing the timeless traditions of classic soul, with a nod to today’s climate and sounds – enter Durand Jones and the Indications. ”
At that time (in 2018), with only their eponymous album released, the band played the majority of the record, but adding a few covers (Hard Road, Curtis Mayfield, Michael Dixon & JOY, Smokey Robinson, Sunny and the Sunliners) to make it a full headliner set.
By the time the band returned in April 2019, now with their second album american love call, the band relied less on covers, and even removed their brass section: What ‘s Going On by Gaye, lyrically turns both inward and outward, examining the world that surrounds us. Jones and the band (Aaron Frazer-drums; Blake Rhein-guitar; Kyle Houpt-bass; Steve Okonoski-organ) didn’t bring the brass section we last saw them with, but the band and the singer. from Indiana were enough the additional brass was not needed.
The group had to take a year off, not thanks to the pandemicâ¦ but we were fortunate to see the group at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, Kansas in February 2020â¦ just before COVID.
With the time spent recording private space, the band resumed their tours in September 2021â¦ and once again, we had the chance to see them live at the Fine Line Music CafÃ© in Minneapolis on a Tuesday evening.
With very few tickets available, the hall was full of masked fans, eager to sing.
At the start of their set, after a good session of dancing and singing, singer Durand Jones retired to let others sing along with 79.5Isaac plays the flute.
As you can see from the setlist, the majority of the set were songs from their last album, private space, including “Sexy Thang”, “Love Will Work It Out”, “Ride or Die”, “More Than Ever”, “The Way That I Do”, “Witchoo” and “Sea of ââLove”.
Durand Jones and the new Directions album private space is now available on Dead Oceans in association with Colemine Records.