On Friday, September 20, RH Music offers “A Night At The Greek” at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. This presentation of live music involves a mixture of three different performances from emerging artists from around the world. The opening group is a duo called The Brixtons from New York. The Brixtons are Donna Missal (vocals) and Ken De Poto (guitar) and they play vintage pop music. For this show they also have a back up band consisting of electric bass and drums.
Before The Brixtons performance and every performance that night, there was quick video of the musicians briefly discussing how they met and formed their group. Once their introduction video is done The Brixtons enter the stage while the crowd lightly applauds. Soon the microphone lights up with Donna Missal’s voice lightly singing the opening repeating word “no” from their song “Baby”. After “Baby”, the duo perform the slow moving “Mister Cupid” which has Donna’s vocals spiking with emotion throughout the song making the crowd feel her goodbye to love. Next up and one of the highlights of their performance is their impassioned appealing cover of “Sex and Candy” from Marcy’s Playground. Once they finish playing “Sex and Candy”, Donna Missal informs the crowd that this is her first time in California and that everyone has been nice to her so far. Rolling on through the set, The Brixtons perform their songs “Who Gonna Love Me”, the slow romantic “Easy” as well as the colorful and slightly poppy “Mr. Rogers”. Another highlight of the show was their very soulful rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, in which Donna explains before the song that the Elvis Presley recorded song is one of her and Ken’s favorite songs.
The Brixtons performance at the Greek Theatre is an experience of not just sight and sound but feeling. In the vein of Aretha Franklin or Janis Joplin, Donna Missal’s voice not only sounds strong and beautiful but paints a picture of emotion and memories. With The Brixtons only in their infancy, I only see this duo going up from here. During a time where pop music is all about flashy outfits, shock, and sex appeal it is so refreshing to see a band with pure talent and songwriting ability.