"The theme for the night is Jackets" declared the Funk/Jazz Jam trio called Group Nap. Having told their fans this on social media leading up to the show, the band wore eighties style windbreakers to set the scene for a fun and quirky night of music. Though Group Nap has had a line-up of up to ten players on stage, their current incarnation as a trio makes for an intimate and captivating performance to be in the audience for.
As they performed, Nashville Offbeat took note of the jazzy, groovy, and at times ethereal and dissonant sounds coming from these awesome ladies on stage. They drew us all in by placing keys over thick bass line grooves and driving drums. Using a headset microphone, Emma- on bass and vocals- was able to walk around the stage creating the feeling that we were watching her perform the way she would at home. To make the night even more fun the band was joined by an honorary and notable member of the entertainment industry who danced and swayed to the music behind them a few songs in. Though she didn't employ traditional dance moves, Brenda really added to the Group Nap live experience.
From start to finish, to the quirky and charming banter in between songs, this was a awesome band to see live. Go follow Group Nap on Facebook and Instagram and make sure to check out their latest single called "Old Day's Dream!"
I love how stripped down this song is. In a world full of over-production and being as loud as you can, “Sidewalk” is an easy-breezy breath of fresh air.
“What’d You Think” was performed, recorded, and shot live on Delmarva Life TV in Maryland earlier this year. I found their performance to be full of passion, emotion, and life.
For instance, the band laments the trials and tribulations of dating a vegan: …
You’re in the sky, grazing the moon with your hands, rearranging stars, and smiling wistfully. This is where my mind takes me when I hear “Are You The Girl” by Kira Hooks, just released on April 17th, 2018.
With a little bit of sass, blues, and rock n’ roll, Lauren Anderson is bringing us a song reminiscent of early Grace Potter. Released March 30th, “The Game” is a head-banger that will pump you up and empower your day!
Released on April 17th, I find “Body Language,” to be timeless, sexy and beautifully produced, and think that you will too.
Capturing the essence of drama, the pain of heartbreak, and the freedom of letting go, “Strangers” is a beautifully written song about the romantic tragedy of losing a part of your identity in someone else.
He’s waiting for a call from someone in an emptiness that extends beyond his physical being.
One of my favorite songs on the album, “Just Wanna Meet You”, puts into words the longing we all feel to find someone to live our lives with. The idea that there’s a person out there meant just for you is one that brings comfort to all the hopeless romantics of the world.
The video features the band playing in Somer’s garage/rehearsal space, cut with kaleidoscope-like outdoor and driving scenes, giving an overall feeling of psychedelic displacement and trippiness (you may want to break out the sticky-icky for this one, gang).