November 8, 2014 was nothing short of amazing. My school got Cosby & The Saints of Valory – who graciously took time out of their tour with Philip Philips – to play a show for us.
I hadn’t heard of either band before that night. Now I wish I had more space on my phone. The music took me to another place. My heart kept time with their drums. I was able to relax and have fun, if only for two hours.
Cosby, two brothers from Richmond, Virginia, played “Heartracer,” “Summer Gold,” and something else that I cannot remember. I would have been content if they played all night. They had a “keytar” – a piano that is played just like a guitar, except the strings are replaced with keys. It was really cool.
After an hour, The Saints of Valory – the main act – took the stage. If Cosby was something, they were even better. They played “Twenty-Six,” “Long Time Coming,” and “Back Up”. All of the songs were good. The percussion – and believe me when I say there was a lot of it – was amazing. And it was not just coming from a drum set. They used toms and other Latin drums, which enhanced the performance.
Despite the underwhelming attendance, the gym was really loud. I say underwhelming because when I went to get a ticket the day before, they were sold out. So I was thinking the place was going to be packed. Not so much. Maybe 50 people – including me -were there. I could barely hear any of the lyrics, but what I did hear resonated with me. It wasn’t necessarily that they spoke of anything I could relate to. It was just different. In a good way. I do not know what I expected, but both bands pleasantly surprised me. No, wait, that is an understatement – they blew me out of the water.
There was one thing, however, that was kind of odd. Both bands had a computer with them on stage. Since it definitely was not in the electronic genre of music, they were either supplementing the sounds of their instruments or lip-syncing. I really hope they were not lip-syncing. That would be a major disappointment.
If you ever get the chance to see either Cosby or The Saints of Valory in concert, take it. You will not regret it.