Marian Hill // Vérité // The Fox Theatre
article by: Jeremy Elder
October 2nd brought two fantastic music groups and a bottle of oxygen to Boulder, Colorado. Vérité and Marian Hill, after taking hits from an oxygen tank, astounded Boulder residents with unique and one-of-a kind songs. The Fox Theatre was packed with new and old fans that were ready for a good time. Not accustomed to the altitude, the artists had to pace themselves in order to not pass out.
The Brooklyn star, Vérité (Kelsey Byrne), opened for Marian Hill with her beautiful voice and soothing indie-pop songs. You could tell that the altitude was giving her a hard time, but that didn’t stop her from performing a perfect set. “Constant Crush,” the second song in her 2016 Living EP, soothed the crowd and brought everyone’s spirits up. As more and more people filled the dance floor, you could tell the semi-unknown Brooklyn artist was completely wowing her enchanted new fans.
Marian Hill is an American alternative songwriting duo from Philadelphia. Vocalist, Samantha Gongol, and producer Jeremy Lloyd perform a wide range of beats from jazzy bass drops, to pop R&B. They heavily featured the talented saxophonist Steve David, whose jazz notes add a lively twist to many of the group’s songs. Boulder went crazy when the three of them performed at the Fox Theatre. The packed club was swaying, dancing, and screaming throughout the entire set. The audience erupted with screams of joy when they heard the first notes of “Down”, a hit in the 2016 album Act One. Half-way through, Samantha left the stage to Jeremy and Steve. The two did an improvised jam session, and Steve got the whole club laughing with his hilarious lip-syncing. When she returned to the spotlight they got groovy and played a few old school classics that the entire house loved. If you have not heard Marian Hill’s music, I would highly recommend listening to their unique album, Act One.