Tonight’s Concert Picks: Zeshan B at Boot and Saddle, Vivian K at Kung Fu Necktie

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Zeshan B | photo via Ticketfly

Chicago singer-songwriter Zeshan B channels the heartfelt big-band soul of classic artists from the 60s and 70s, particularly Sam Cooke. His album Vetted was released back in April on Minty Fresh Records, and tonight he plays a gig at Boot & Saddle that’s free with RSVP. You can do that right here, and if you need motivation, check out Zeshan B on Colbert performing George Perkins’ “Cryin’ In The Streets,” a Civil Rights Movement-era song written in response to Martin Luther King’s funeral. Recorded late last week, it was his network television debut, and with lyrics about marching to the streets in the face of hatred and injustice, it is just as relevant in these turbulent times as it was 50 years ago.

Downbeat and sardonic Orlando indie rock trio Vivian K recently moved several states up the coast, resettling in Philadelphia with a new record called Verses in tow. Tonight, they headline Kung Fu Necktie with touring NC bands America Is a Mistake and Moral Combat and budding jangle-rock locals Earthboy, who released a sweet pair of singles earlier this year. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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