November Nights at the Woodville Town Hall is a great concept promoting an all female line-up. The second night saw four more stellar female artists; Jay Powers, Caiti Baker, Karen Lee Andrews and Thando. The Saturday night show had a more dance vibe compared to Friday nights cabaret table style. The level of talent was once again high quality and each performer while different in their musical genres wowed the audience just the same.
Jay Powers is a local Adelaide artist, so local she could’ve walked to the Woodville Town Hall! Powers gave us some strong RnB grooves with smooth vocals. Performing some of her original songs Taking Me Down, Outside Looking In and female empowerment messaged songs like Sit Down and Never Be Enough. There was a good mix of smooth sultry RnB tunes and upbeat dance beats in the cool Jay Powers style.
Caiti Baker is an Adelaide born gal who now resides in Darwin. Her father is renown Blues artist Greg Baker and there’s no guessing where she got her talent from! Baker brought her mix of blues, soul, gospel, jazz, big band and rock & roll and shook up the audience with her endless energy. Playing songs from her debut album Zinc and finished with her new single Gasoline.
Karen Lee Andrews is a soul singer from Sydney and her music can be described as Oceanic Blues. Just finishing up a tour as support for Jimmy Barnes, Andrews rocked the house with her guitar skills and deep bluesy vocals. The audience was all fired up clapping along to songs from her EP Far From Paradise. Throwing a few covers like the slower edgier version of the Beatles classic Come Together to one of her favourite songs from her EP Love You, a dedication to her late father. There were fast paced, slower rock and slow blues tunes to give us a good variety of music to shuffle our feet.
Zimbabwean born and Melbourne based singer-songwriter, Thando the last performer of the night brought soul to the Town Hall. Her smooth powerhouse vocals were the perfect way to end the night. Accompanied by the all-female eight piece band the Spire Ensemble, Thando’s performance was a conversation between friends. Getting personal and opening up on many personal life issues like the song Naked where she revealed it was about shredding layers of awkwardness and anxieties. There was audience participation too where she invited us to sing the chorus “I Wanna Get Naked.” Happy was a song about fighting the anxiety demon and the last three songs revealed more of her life at the moment. She explained that the songs were about her relationship with her partner and their new born daughter. Ending with the Aretha Franklin song Natural Woman she proudly told us it symbolised how she feels being a mother.
November Nights is a fantastic addition to the local festival scene of South Australia. The first one is always the hardest as audiences don’t know what to expect but with the inaugural festival now done and dusted it was such a positive experience and hopefully one that can continue. Supporting local and interstate female artists is still an important and vital requirement to showcase new music in the industry. November Nights is a great start!
Live Review by Anastasia Lambis