Having both played Newport Jazz fest the day before, UK group Sons of Kemet and Makaya McCraven hit NYC on Sunday night (7/31) for a free SummerStage in Central Park show with L'Rain and Danielle Ponder. Photos from the whole night by Ellen Qbertplaya are in this post.
This was likely the last chance a lot of people had to see Sons of Kemet, who have announced they are calling it quits at the end of the year. As such, the group -- bandleader/saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, tuba player Theon Cross and drummers Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick -- gave a tour-de-force performance on Sunday night, with Shabaka in particular going full blast the whole set, that featured hardly any down time between songs, if any. They are an impressive unit that had the crowd pogoing during the the most spirited, electric numbers of the night. It will be sad to see them go.