Out of New York, The London Souls are a blues-rock duo composed of guitarist Tash Neal and drummer Chris St. Hilaire, and the two have been enchanting audiences with their explosive live performances for nearly a decade. It seems as though Con Brio functions as an almost perfect inverse of The London Souls. Where the London Souls are reminiscent of the raw musical stylings of the Black Keys, Con Brio, and particularly the group’s charismatic singer and frontman Ziek McCarter, evokes psychedelia-drenched James Brown and Otis Redding. And while The London Souls have a decade of performance under their belt, Con Brio is a relatively new project out of San Francisco, with the band dropping their debut LP Paradise last summer.Con Brio Covers Stevie Wonder While Cruising Over The Golden Gate Bridge [Watch]Despite these surface-level differences, both Con Brio and The London Souls have taken the music world by storm as of late. Both acts offer up music that taps straight into the heart, and both have similarly been wowing crowds across the country with their uplifting and fiery performances. At the tail end of the summer, Con Brio and The London Souls teamed up for a joint six-date tour across the East Coast in promotion of a collaborative 7-inch vinyl featuring tracks “All Over Me” and “Certain Appeal”.This joint project is somewhat of a long time coming considering The London Souls’ drummer St. Hilaire and Con Brio bassist Jonathan Kirchner have been friends since childhood. As told by Kirchner, “Chris and Tash and I go back to high school days in New York. They were always the baddest musicians I knew, so to get to play shows together all these years later—and of course to have them sit in and rip it on a couple songs—was a total dream come true.”Watch The London Souls Obliterate Their Late Night Jazz Fest Set [Video]Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a live pro-shot video of the two band’s collaborative tour—a joint rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me” for a performance at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall on August 23rd. Kirchner gave more context to the performance, “[Con Brio saxophonist Marcus Stephens] gets the nod for suggesting the Sam Cooke cover a couple days before this video was shot. We ran it once in soundcheck and then just went for it. They’re such natural musicians it was a breeze to throw together, and you could tell the crowd really responded to the spontaneity of it.”You can watch the video for yourself below to get a taste of what these two powerhouse performers can do when they join forces.You can find out more information about Con Brio on their website and about The London Souls on their website.Upcoming Con Brio Tour Dates12/27/2017 Harlows – Sacramento12/28/2017 Moe’s – Santa Cruz12/29/2017 Hopmonk – Sebastopol12/30/2017 Swedish American – San Francisco12/31/2017 Swedish American – San Francisco1/13/2018 Crystal Bay Casino – Crystal Bay, NN1/17-1/22/2018 Jam CruiseUpcoming The London Souls Tour Dates3/7/2018 – The Music of Led Zeppelin – Carnegie Hall – NYC[Photo: Cortney Armitage]
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Leeward Islands Hurricanes laid waste to a 33-year-old record by executing the highest successful run chase in the history of the modern first class championship, as they shocked two-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars by four wickets here yesterday.Set what appeared to be an improbable victory target of 369 on Sunday’s penultimate day, Hurricanes batted imperiously to reach their target at 17:07hrs. On the final day with 21 balls left in the contest at Warner Park, to register their first win over Jaguars in 2-1/2 years.The monumental effort was spearheaded by opener Montcin Hodge who stroked 114 – his second first class hundred – while Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner stroked an up tempo 82 off 114 balls and opener and captain Kieran Powell, 54.Wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton came at the end to unleash a cameo unbeaten 49 from 43 deliveries and it was he who hit the winning runs, smashing left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie over long on for six to end the game in style.Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul claimed four for 109.The effort by Hurricanes eclipsed the previous best run-chase back in 1983 when Windward Islands overhauled 368 to beat Trinidad and Tobago by two wickets at Queen’s Park Oval.For the Hurricanes, it was their first win of the new Regional Four-Day Championship season, following their draw against Barbados Pride in the opening round here last week and represents one of their best starts to a first-class campaign in recent years, after a tough last few seasons.Jaguars, meanwhile, saw their unbeaten streak finally broken, as the loss was their first in 19 outings.Resuming the day on 47 without loss and requiring a further 322 for victory, Hurricanes were propelled by three vital partnerships.Hodge extended his first-wicket stand with Powell to 93 and added a superb 145 for the fourth wicket with Bonner – a partnership that set up the win.And when Hurricanes lost three wickets for 23 runs in the final session, Hamilton and Jeremiah Louis – who was unbeaten on 26 at the end – combined in an unbroken 63-run, seventh-wicket partnership to seal the result.Hodge and Powell set the tone early on, carrying Hurricanes safely through the first hour to frustrate Jaguars.The right-handed Hodge, starting the day on 26, faced 287 deliveries in just over 6-1/2 hours and counted ten fours and a six while Powell, unbeaten on 20 at the start, faced 113 balls in just over 2-3/4 hours at the crease and struck five fours and a six.Powell eventually holed out in the deep off Permaul and Akeem Saunders followed soon afterwards for ten, stumped trying to use his feet to the same bowler.Hodge put on 32 with left-hander Chesney Hughes (23) in a stand that took Hurricanes to lunch on 134 for two and when Hughes fell in the fourth over following the resumption, it paved the way for Hodge and Bonner to entertain.The right-handed Bonner was positive from the outset, stroking three fours in three hours at the crease and his enterprise saw Hurricanes reach tea at 236 without further loss.Hodge reached triple figures in the fifth over after the break before finally departing, missing a charge at Permaul and going stumped. Even then, however, Hurricanes kept their focus and Bonner and Hamilton ensured there was no disappointment later on.JAGUARS 1st innings 293HURRICANES 1st innings 158JAGUARS 2nd innings 233-8 decl.HURRICANES 2nd innings (target: 369 runs, o/n 47 without loss)K. Powell c Barnwell b Permaul 54M. Hodge stp. Bramble b Permaul 114A. Saunders stp. Bramble b Permaul 10C. Hughes c Chanderpaul b Reifer 23N. Bonner stp. Bramble b Permaul 82J. Hamilton not out 49R. Cornwall run-out 0J. Louis not out 26Extras: (lb-5, w-10, nb-1) 16Total: (6 wkts, 111.3 overs) 372Fall of wickets: 1-93, 2-109, 3-141, 4-286, 5-309, 6-309.Bowling: Joseph 16-1-56-0, Reifer 15-1-65-1, Barnwell 15-1-47-0, Motie 24.3-3-89-0, Permaul 40-7-109-4, Johnson 1-0-1-0.Points: Hurricanes 15.4, Jaguars 6.2.Man-of-the-Match: Montcin Hodge.