The Shaniqua Brown
Eye Level Art: 103
April 17

As I walked down Spring Street last Saturday, I wondered whether or not I was heading in the right direction. Then I saw the white sign barely sticking out off the side of a building. I had arrived at Eye Level Art 103 to see The Shaniqua Brown. I was surprised there weren’t more people filling the small room. The band took to the stage, and, from the first song, I knew I was in for a good concert.

Rachel Kate Gillon, the band’s lead vocalist, showed that women can still lead rock bands that rock hard. She wasn’t afraid to scream, but she was able to bring a bluesy/funky sound to nearly every song through her voice. I was amazed by her singing style and by the band as a whole. Bassist Denis Blyth showed true talent in his ability to change up his style from hard rock to more of a funky groove. The same can be said of guitarist Thomas Concannon, whose style changed a bit during the set, but seemed to keep true to the traditional shredding guitar solo sound of classic rock. Everyone knows that a band would be able to produce the toe-tapping, head-banding response they want from in an audience without a strong drummer. This is exactly what David Bair provided.

At the end of the show, I realized that it seemed as if the drumming was nearly the same in every song. It was a good sound, but it would have been nice to hear a bit more of a change.

My favorite song of the night was a new one that seemed to carry on the same old style but with easier to hear vocals that seemed to hit the soul a little harder.

Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.