Review by: Christina Burch
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Gallery photos by: Kristine Krieger

Christina Burch is a music publicist in Nashville, Tennessee and has been a professional in the industry for 3 years. An avid music enthusiast, she spends the majority of her free time going to shows and seeking out the next new band to obsess over.

The soulful rock trio covers crowd favorites for Night 2 of their 4 Night residency at Nashville’s popular venue, The Basement East.

The night kicked off with Nashville-based musician Devin Dawson, who hit it big with his mash-up video cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space + Style,” a collaborative effort with fellow musician, Louisa Wendorff. The video has reached over 45 million views and got the nod of approval by Taylor Swift herself. Dawson serenaded the audience with his smooth vocals and unique take on country music. During his 45 minute set, you could easily hear hints of classic rock, blues, and soul infiltrate his songs, which gave his music an original sound. The local singer/songwriter was a definite crowd pleaser.

After a short intermission, it was time for The Shadowboxers to hit the stage. I went into the night with high expectations, as I attended the initial installment of their four night residency at The Basement East and was surprised with Chris Stapleton and his rendition of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (I mean, how can you top that??) The trio, composed of Scott Schwartz, Matt Lipkins and Adam Hoffman, entered the room donning matching outfits consisting of jeans, black turtlenecks and mustaches (a look they dubbed “as close as you can get mixing The Beach Boys and Boys II Men”), and I immediately knew we were in for a real treat. They opened their set with Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Suite Judy Blue Eyes” and immediately went into The BeeGees’ “Nights On Broadway,” then on to a crowd favorite of The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” Their vocals and harmonies were perfectly in sync, and the energy they brought to the room was contagious. A few songs into the night, the first special guest – Nashville recording artist Maren Morris – joined them on stage to sing the 1975 classic “Take It To The Limit” by The Eagles. Maren’s powerful vocals and sass proved to be an electric compliment to the trio’s harmonies. With such a captivating performance by the first guest of the night, I couldn’t wait to see what else The Shadowboxers had up their sleeves for the remainder of the show. Trust me;  it did not disappoint! The band welcomed country music legend Reba McEntire on stage for Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and was soon joined by Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town to help finish out the iconic song (because, only in Nashville, right?) The crowd went WILD and I can safely say that was one of the night’s pinnacle moments. The guys kept the hype going with “Fat Bottom Girls,” and had the entire audience singing along to the popular Queen song. Mike Hicks, a staple in Nashville’s soul and funk scene, joined TSB on stage, in a matching black turtleneck, mind you, and they decided to slow it down with the quintessential break-up ballad “End Of The Road” by R&B group Boyz II Men. The addition of Mike’s smooth and sultry voice combined with the nostalgia I was feeling while listening to this song, made this a personal favorite of the night. After covering the BeeGees’ “Love You Inside Out,” the final guests made their appearance on stage. Clare Bowen (Scarlett on ABC’s Nashville) and Brandon Robert Young joined forces to give a compelling version of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.” The band closed out the night (or so we thought) in the only way that seemed fitting, with The Beatles medley “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/ The End.” After finally accepting the fact that this epic night was coming to an end, the guys gave the audience a little treat and performed “Running Down My Life” – a Shadowboxers original.

The “Night of Harmony” went above and beyond any of my expectations, and the list of esteemed guests that joined the band on stage made this definitely a night to remember. The Shadowboxers proved to be a versatile band able to take on classic songs from a variety of different formats and make them their own, with their harmonies always in tune and instrumentals impressive. As a member of the audience, their passion and love for music became apparent the moment they stepped on stage, and the fact that they didn’t take themselves too seriously (note the matching turtlenecks and mustaches) made them all the more endearing. I’m not sure how they are going to top this night with the remaining nights of their residency, but I look forward to seeing what else the soulful trio can bring to the table. Nashville folks, you can check out Night 3: A Night of Michael Jackson’s Thriller on October 29, 2015 and Night 4: A Night Featuring Original Music of The Shadowboxers on December 17, 2015 at The Basement East.

A “Night of Harmony” Setlist:
“Suite Judy Blue Eyes” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
“Nights On Broadway” – Bee Gees
“Good Vibrations” – Beach Boys
“She’s Gone” – Hall & Oates
“We Just Disagree” – Dave Mason
“One Of These Nights” – The Eagles
“Take It To The Limit” – The Eagles (featuring Maren Morris)
“Super Rich Kids” – Frank Ocean
“Homeless” – Paul Simon & Ladysmith Black Mambazo
“Helplessly Hoping” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
“Still Crazy” – Paul Simon
“Jolene” – Dolly Parton (featuring Reba and Karen & Kimberly from Little Big Town)
“Fat Bottom Girls” – Queen
“End Of The Road” – Boys II Men (featuring Mike Hicks)
“Love You Inside Out” – Bee Gees
“The Chain” – Fleetwood Mac (featuring Clare Bowen & Brandon Young)
“Beatles Medley” (**Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End**)

“Running Down My Life” – The Shadowboxers

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