10/16 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/18 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
10/20 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
10/21 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
10/22 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
10/23 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East
10/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
10/26 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
10/27 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
10/28 – Houston, TX @ Heights Theatre
10/29 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler
10/30 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
**Nick Hakim supports
The headlining show wasn’t just to hear King play R&B and soul music, but rather an excuse for friends and family to gather in one place to show support for this trio. In fact, the Strother sisters made a special shout-out to a young first cousin Robin, as it was her first concert.
They were between supporting acts with Joey Dosik’s last show with King was October 6th, and Nick Hakim would not join them until October 12th... so basically there were no openers for the Dakota show. Fans and family who showed up early didn’t really minded the hour-long wait. It felt like everyone in the audience knew each other; this was a very close-knit Minneapolis base.
In a Dakota Jazz Club show, before the show began we got the introduction from the restaurant owner Lowell Pickett. Pickett loves music and had a massive knowledge of all the bands that graced the Dakota. For King, Pickett had a personal history with the trio: from my understanding of the introduction, apparently one of the sister worked at the Dakota before moving to Los Angeles.
Joining the trio, featuring twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother and musical sister Anita Bias, was their brother Dorian, who stayed behind the scene, working on audio production. He will be joining them on tour and they all seemed excited to be back on the road after this show.
With a typical first-album band, the trio played much of their debut album We Are King, including ‘The Greatest’ and ‘Supernatural (Extended Mix)’. All the songs had great harmonizing vocals, with the music provided as pre-programmed loops and synthesized music that felt like it came from the late-80s R&B Prince-produced songs.
There is an 80s new wave band called King, a pop band from England called King, Los Angeles metal band Kyng, plus there are many more variant ‘King’ band names. Sure, it’s good to be king, but calling themselves King may be a mistake in the long run... and hopefully the common name won’t be a hinder to their shining talent.
King at Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis (10 October 2016)