“I was you guys every week,” said Rob Tait, now onstage behind the drums instead of part of the Free At Noon crowd gathered in World Cafe Live. Tait was joined by organist Mark Brown and guitarist Luke Ferracone, who together are Hambone Relay.
The Philadelphia-based trio’s modern, jazz-funk-psychedelic grooves in no way matched the gray skies outside. Their dynamic, up-tempo tracks immediately heightened the energy in the room and never let it drop during the set. The trio performed tracks from their 2013 self-titled debut and their 2016 record Free Hugs all the way to their latest release, American Hi-Fi.
Tait also made sure to give a special shout-out to XPN’s Dan Reed. Hambone Relay had been covering “Come Together” at Dawson St. Pub when a man was handed a mic and took over the vocals – that man turned out to be Dan Reed, whose show Tait listened to avidly but had never before seen in person.