There are not many places that have the beating energy like New York City on a Friday night. With Hurricane Joaquin creeping its way up the east coast, there wasn’t as much flapdoodle and hoo-hah as there typically seen and heard across the city on Friday due to the rain and chilly weather beginning to creep in to announce the end of summer. There was still at least one location where you’d never know of the outdoors’ compromising weather, and that was Irving Plaza where Ben Rector and his energizing band played to an absolute packed house to help kick start everyone’s weekend.
The extremely talented showman that he is, Ben worked around his musical arsenal going from singer, to guitarist, to pianist throughout the set, bringing a stylish and flashy persona to the singer-songwriter category. With big choruses like a Michael Bublé song and groovy, jazzy pop like something out of the John Mayer catalog, Ben mixes his styles to be both musically diverse and drawn heavily from his influences, which include a very country ballad pop friendly kind of sound blended with easy to dance to songs off his new album Brand New.
More of a dapper gentleman than a dirty or glam rocker, Ben’s style represents his more sophisticated and Sinatra-esque version of male pop music. His dress shirt and jacket fit his mostly female, adult contemporary audience perfectly has he went through new songs including “Favorite Song,” “Men Who Drive Me Places,” “Fear,” and “Paris.” Mix them with older favorites like “When A Heart Breaks,” “Never Gonna Let You Go,” “Loving You Is Easy,” and you have a great set that helped start everyone’s weekend off on the right note.
Article: Tom Shackleford
Photos: Hannah Soule