20th Century Kids Live at the Phoenix

A group of local musicians have made the best of the extended hiatus from playing out; some of the area’s finest put together a new act, the five-piece “20th Century Kids,” bringing a wide variety of energetic and very worthwhile covers to the Phoenix in Pawcatuck, CT today.

The band, fronted by local favorite Rickie Louise Miller, who also sings with Sugar, staged a very successful debut this afternoon at the popular club.

I’ll give you this one first, showcasing Rickie’s voice. It’s a moody and delicious version of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good,” and it definitely proves this band is … quite good!

The restaurant was at less than full capacity for the Sunday afternoon show, mainly due to the dance floor being closed until later this month. The atmosphere was very friendly, the sight lines perfection, and the audio quality first rate. Because I went with a bare bones kit, I matrixed the audio from my DJI Osmo camera and my iPhone, resulting in a decent representation. I’ll bring a dedicated stereo recorder next time!

Thanks to the band for letting me fluff up my portfolio with a wonderful musical and visual experience. Thanks to Richard Mann, one of the most dedicated businessmen around, owner of the Phoenix, who’s always gracious while he does whatever’s needed to make these shows happen!

I hope you enjoy my footage! Please feel free to comment below.

Here’s the info from today’s advertising piece, telling about the event:

20th Century Kids Debut at the Phoenix Sunday May 2, 2021

Sunday Funday with the 20th Century Kids!

Come out and meet a new band made up of musicians that have played in SUGAR, WICKED PEACH, INCOGNITO SOFA LOVE and more!

Comprised of five seasoned veterans of the southeastern CT music scene. Their set list contains music that spans five decades, and ranges from hard rock to reggae to dance music.
The lineup consists of three vocalists, two guitars, bass, keyboard and drums. Sharing lead vocal duty are two of the area’s most well-known young singers, Rickie Louise Miller and Brian Merritt. Rickie, who sings, plays percussion and rhythm guitar, is a current lead vocalist in the well-loved dance band Sugar, and previously sang with the popular MA band Fever. Brian was previously a long-time vocalist and lead guitar player in the rock band Wicked Peach. On drums is Mike Winslow, former drummer of the original rock band Incognito Sofa Love, and currently playing drums with the jazz band The Subliminals. Bassist Emily Winters, who also sings backup vocals, has played in a number of original bands in the area, and may even surprise audiences with her skills on violin. Accomplished jazz keyboardist Adam Anderson rounds out the group and adds an edge of originality to all of the well-known cover songs the band brings to the stage.
The energy, chemistry and musicianship of the group is sure to get audiences moving and singing along.

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Mark Urso
mark@markurso.com
Music Video Network

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