WTMD's First Thursday Concert in the Park show
The Eva Castillo Ensemble started the show with some acoustic R&B — an excellent soundtrack for a warm, sunny spring evening.
Castillo added Basshound keyboardist Blake Mobley to the lineup, and I was interested to see if he would mesh well with her sound.
Mobley takes a lead role in Basshound, hammering out funky electric clavinet, piano and organ riffs. But yesterday, he knew to lay back and help fill in Castillo's songs with chords and the occasional run or two. It worked well ...
The headliner was Julian Velard, a Brooklyn-based pianist and singer/songwriter who delivered solid, upbeat pop tunes. His song "Joni" is getting a lot of play on WTMD right now, and live, Velard didn't disappoint. Even sitting on a stool in front of a keyboard, the quirky, fun singer had a big stage presence. Definitely keep an eye on him -- you'll want to see this guy live.