Watermelon – Ramzy & the Brothers Handsome – Rich Mahogany — Velvet Lounge – Nov 23 2011
By David Hintz
Watermelon - The ‘headliner’ from New York is up next and has the same instrumentation, although there are male and female vocalists up front. They are locally born and bred for the most part and play here often, although this is the first time I’ve taken in their set. And it is also in the funk/R&B vein. There are some changes here from what I first heard tonight. First, the twin vocals work extremely well as often is the case. The female lead is the better up-front vocal with great power and control. The male voice is softer but harmonizes well, creating a really rich sound. The instrumentation breathes a bit more and the sounds are livelier. They avoid the trappings of the genre, by branching out a bit into a blues rocker, “Whipping Post” (with a guest guitarist I think–I was way in the back and didn’t see the full stage). They also did a cool cover of Led Zeppelin’s “What is and What Should Never Be”. This is an interesting band that is worth a listen. But if your feet want to move then don’t think too hard, just check out their set.