They play fast. They play slowly. They are Dynamo.
The Doudna Fine Arts Center held its first concert of the 2021-22 school year on Wednesday evening, welcoming the group from Nashville Dynamo.
Explosive drums, funky guitars, and breaking brass could be heard coming out of the Dvorak concert hall, and upon entering, eight talented musicians would be seen all in worlds of their own, emerging only to fall back into the main melody of their own. ‘a song.
The songs were a mix of studio releases and extended jams, with each band member having one or more turns to demonstrate absolute mastery of their instruments.
Dynamo, according to their website, “fuses jazz, rock and funk with elements of soul and R&B.”
Funk particularly shone in the rhythmic playing of guitarist Adam McPhail, and rock showed up in his heart-wrenching solos.
Ryan Connors, keyboardist and music director for Dynamo, said the band only rehearsed about three hours before the show, their first show since November 2019.
It couldn’t be seen in their musicality or in the chemistry of the group.
Savanna Wooten, a music education junior major, said she believed the performance lived up to her expectations.
“I thought it was fantastic,” Wooten said. “Everyone had great energy, especially the lead singer. Great energy. And all the music was just fantastic.
Anakin Weston, a senior England major, also enjoyed the concert, his first at Doudna since before the pandemic.
“I think it was really great to hear the music, it was in a really cool style and it was just a great opportunity,” Weston said.
The highlight of Wooten’s show came at the end with Dynamo’s closest, “Dream”.
“I really liked that last song, ‘Dream’. I thought the start was really great and different, and it really accelerated at the end, ”said Wooten.
Connors noted the band’s very energetic stage presence, saying they don’t need a crowd to have fun on stage.
“The first year or two of our tour, we had so many experiences where the venues we played were just empty,” Connors said.
“Three people and the sound guy,” added Dynamo saxophonist Kevin Gatzke.
Those days were only a distant memory on Wednesday night, as Doudna’s director of programming, advertising and promotion said they had given away the 50 emergency tickets allocated to students.
The first event of Doudna’s semester ended with a group salute and a round of applause from the audience, many of whom were probably seeing their first concerts in a long time.
The next event is Le Cirque: Spirit of the Machine. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Ryan Meyer can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]