While it looked to be quite a rich, yet eclectic weekend for soul-funk and jazz-infused hip-hop with Lupe Fiasco, Mayer Hawthorne, and Van Hunt delivering three very different but equally good takes on the stuff, one of those bills isn't happening. The Mayer Hawthorne and the County show scheduled for Amos' Southend Friday, September 23, has been cancelled. It was set to be the Michigan-raised producer-turned-frontman's first Charlotte show.
Much like Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Mayer Hawthorne recreates classic Motown soul like he was born a Miracle. He does update his sound to make it more contemporary, but there's a real respect for the era. His singles, for instance, are released on vinyl. What's more? He's a nerdy white guy from Ann Arbor, not Detroit.
I was looking forward to catching the show and I hope he'll reschedule. The cancellation doesn't mean the entire weekend is a bust of course. For instance Lupe Fiasco will play The Fillmore Friday, although not with British dance sensation Tinie Tempah as originally advertised. Van Hunt, who veers closer to the late `70s version of soul, performs at The Double Door Saturday.