The Rumpus Room was jumping to the electric soul of Nicholas David with special guest Laith Al-Saadi.
04-Aug-2016: Under a blazing August sun, the Rumpus Room summer concert series in Chelsea, Michigan features a couple of top performers from NBC’s The Voice to the delight of a standing room only crowd. The concert series benefits the 418 Project, which supports charity work in Haiti. With Jets serving up hot pizza and delicious Michigan beer from Right Brain Brewing, this evening was off to a fine start.
Ann Arbor native, Laith Al-Saadi, took to the stage for a solo acoustic set of blues. While the world may have just discovered Laith after his stupendous performance on The Voice, local Michiganders are well aware of his phenomenal talents. Laith was in high spirits playing a nice selection of his original music including the down-home spiritual blues of “Gone,” the brooding “Complete Disgrace,” and a deep cut from his 2006 Long Time Coming album called “Everything.”
To top things off, Laith laid into a diverse and impressive set of covers including Hank Williams “You Win Again” and The Band’s “Ophelia” which he recorded on his album Real. Cheers of “One more song” and “Encore” brought Laith back for a couple more tunes culminating in a heart-wrenching cover of “Can’t Find My Way Home” by Blind Faith.
With the tone set for outstanding music, Nicholas David and his band get the audience out of their seats and dancing with a groovy cover of Barry White’s “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything.” Hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, Nicholas and his band are in top form playing with love and spreading joy through their music. Nicholas’s richly warm and soulful vocals soak up the summer heat and bathe the audience in bliss.
The feisty version of “Play That Funky Music White Boy” gets plenty of attention from the crowd with many showing off their funky dance moves. Nicholas also played his original music including the lovely and deeply touching “Fresh” and the spooky vaudeville darkness of “Villain.” Each song showcases Nicholas’s depth of songwriting and the cohesion of the band.
The summer concert series at the Rumpus Room once again brings great local and national music to the stage in Chelsea, Michigan. Nicholas David and Laith Al-Saadi are true believers in the spirit of music and its power to uplift and bring us together.