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PHOTOS: Sammy Rae & The Friends Throw a Neighborhood Dance Party

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Sammy Rae & The Friends
Sammy Rae & The Friends perform at Neighborhood Theatre on Feb. 25 (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Haven’t heard of Sammy Rae & The Friends? You won’t be able to say that for too much longer.

The Brooklyn-based band blends elements of rock, pop and jazz with vibrant horns, funky beats and oodles of energy into music that’s fun, catchy and a party for the ears. From the opening notes to the final salvo, the entire band oozed stage presence, turning the Neighborhood Theatre into a dance club on Friday night.

Sammy Rae & the Friends
Some of The Friends from Sammy & The Friends. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Sammy Rae & The Friends are an eight-piece band (though they performed as a septet on Friday) consisting of a rhythm section, a horn section, and background singers + dancers.

According to their website, however: “On a grander scale, The Friends is the community of followers, artists and creatives who help us in the creation of these songs and this world.” That includes their mixing engineer, band photographer, graphic designer, budget manager, and everyone who showed up to Neighborhood Theatre on Friday night.

Throngs of people sang and danced the night away in what’s sure to be one of those, “I remember when I saw that band in a small club” moments. Don’t miss them the next time they’re in town — at a venue of any size. 

Sammy Rae & The Friends
Sammy Rae & The Friends perform at Neighborhood Theatre. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Be sure to check out Queen City Nerve’s Soundwave, Charlotte’s most comprehensive live music listing, so you don’t miss out on any shows or concerts coming up. And hell, if you’re looking for something else to do, you can check out our Lifeline as well, which runs the gamut of things to do in Charlotte. You don’t ever have to be bored again. You can check out more of Jeff’s pics and live reviews here


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