SU Gets a Taste of “Staying Human”

Sep 27, 2012

Review by Simone Brown

Jonathan Batiste & The Stay Human Band brought the spirit and the music of New Orleans to Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall Monday.  The band gave a two hour performance, which concluded a funky, jazzy dance progression down aisles.

The concert opened with Batiste giving a non- traditional yet moving rendition of the “the Star Spangled Banner” on piano. Saxophonists, Eddie Barbash, performed next, followed by bassist Phillip Kuehn. Then, percussionist Joe Saylor surprised the audience by entering the stage playing a rhythmic beat on a trashcan.

With every member present on stage, the band proceeded to give an electrifying concert. Each song played, left the audience in anticipation for the end of the song, so they could burst into applause.

The set included many original songs, one entitled “Kindergarten”. Batiste played a portion of the song on piano slamming his fist on the keys, similar to a young child. He explained that the freedom and expression of being a young child is what the band tries to embody in each of their shows.

It was the feel good atmosphere of the show that the led the audience to their feet and down the aisles as they paraded, dancing behind the band through the doors of Holloway Hall.