- Article by: and Photos by Cameron Duke
- Posted: 09/13/2011
Under serene blue sky and the shadows of oak trees gently rocking in the early autumn breeze, the second installment of fall 2011's Musicians Corner began Saturday as blankets were laid out on the grass before the stage.
The first main act was Robert Kelly, an alt-pop singer-songwriter with some power-chord tendencies. His smooth, mainly acoustic set eased the sun off its high noon perch over to a lazy 3:30 slouch.
A man with a single dreadlock appeared to be performing an impromptu interpretive dance to the music, eventually becoming an unintentional part of the show as several fans posed for photos with him.
The side stage brought Natalie Royal, who describes her sound as "folkoustic jazz-grass." Her voice and guitar were backed by a violin, cello and two backup vocalists but ironically didn’t convey any sort of classical influence. Vocally, she is reminiscent of Regina Spektor sans Russian accent.
"I'm gonna play a fun uke song now," she declared as she dismissed her band and began tuning a soprano ukulele. She explained the meaning behind one particular song called "The Synesthesia Song” as a mental condition that causes her to associate a unique gender and personality to every letter of the alphabet. The result was a lighthearted, amusing children's song.
Then Jerami Matlock, a soulful R&B artist with some strong funk leanings, took the main stage. His set was a mix of originals and covers – most notably and old school funk interpretation of Bob Marley's "Is This Love" that was almost unrecognizable but caught the audience’s attention.
Next to find their way to the main stage were local favorites Neulore. Performing a mostly acoustic, they fit in well with the relaxed crowd lounging on blankets.
The next act, The Gloaming, were a particularly ear-catching bunch – their sound was like baroque jazz and classical music but completely improvised. The Gloaming consists of four violins and one cello that cycle through solos seamlessly like a seasoned jazz quartet.
The final act on either stage was Colorfeels, whose etherial guitars soared above the concertgoers until 6:00 p.m., neatly rounding out the second week of Nashville’s Musicians Corner.