While the two groups do not seem immediately compatible — Marc Broussard is more blues and Secret Someones are like a 90s rocker chick band — the venue was swinging their hips and nodding their heads from the first song to the last.
Secret Someones opened up the evening with a captivating stage presence before they play a single note. Three beautiful women decked out in leather, sequins, artfully messy hair and instruments are joined by a dorky looking male drummer who is almost so out of place that he fits right in.
Then add their three beautifully harmonizing voices to some barely-edgy but super catchy girl rock anthems, and you have got a great opening band.
The New York natives played songs off of their EP, including the dance-inducing “Surrender,” the single girl anthem “Quit Pulling Me Down,” and the quintessential pop rock number, “I Won’t Follow.” They also threw in some new songs, which will be featured on their forthcoming album, to be released next year.
Marc Broussard then took the stage, amidst loud screams and cheers from his loyal fan base, a mix of mid-twenties to middle-aged men and women. His performance was everything a fan could have hoped for, his soul-tingling mix of funk, blues, rock and pop having everyone dancing or nodding their heads in emphatic agreement the entire night.
The Southern rock-soul artist played to his crowd, knowing which numbers would get people most excited and playing all of them. His lighter, more pop-influenced “Wanderer” had all of the women in the crowd singing along, which he smoothly transitioned into “Lonely Night in Georgia,” a song with stronger Southern roots and more bluesy undertones.
Secret Someones made a guest appearance back on stage to provide some harmonizing back-up vocals for Broussard’s funky, dance-inducing “Love and Happiness.” Even their dorky, Brooklyn-native drummer came back out, taking over the tambourine and nodding along.
Broussard has a new album coming out on July 29, and he played a couple of songs to publicize it. “Hurricane Heart” is a slower, broken-hearted number, perfectly executed with Broussard’s emotionally wrought blues voice. It is also one of his new singles.
His cover of Blood Sweat & Tears’ “I’ll Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” was the perfect showcase for Broussard’s voice, as he put down his guitar and put all of his energy into the microphone. A perfect mixture of raspy blues and Southern drawl, his voice had the audience enraptured for the entire cover.
He ended with a fan favorite, “Home,” a song with a good beat and some heavy Southern rock influence, which had the audience dancing until the final note. To quote Broussard, “happiness is when you really feel good about somebody,” and everyone left Friday night happy and feeling really good about Marc Broussard.