Taking the stage Thursday, June 30, is the local indie/soul quartet Vox Vidorra. The group performs at 7 p.m. behind Kentwood City Hall, 4900 Breton SE. The performance is free.
The Kentwood Summer Entertainment Series is re-broadcasted on WKTV’s Channel 25 at 12:30 and 7 p.m. Saturdays.
Lead by vocalist Molly Bouwsma Schultz, the band combines rich, Motown worthy vocals with an underbelly of indie rock, soul, and jazz provided by multi-instrumentalists Scott Schultz, Ryan K Wilson, and Theo Ndawillie II.
According to the band’s website, the songs are reminiscent of days-gone-by but are rooted in now, exploring inequality, race, and religion, all with a melodic sheen that allows access to the depth of the recordings. The instrumentation is deliberate and often times sparse, highlighting Bouwsma Schultz’s electric mezzo-soprano, but is also complex, utilizing Ndawillie’s composing skills to employ lush string arrangements, propelling the songs over a familiar backbone that hints at Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin.
In playing almost 200 gigs in two years (and leaning on Wilson’s dozen plus years of experience in the local scene) the band has honed a stage show that will make anyone look up from their phone.