After scoring several large gigs in Dallas, including performances at ’til Midnight at the Nasher and NYE at The Rustic, future soul duo Medicine Man Revival is making their first foray into the Austin music scene with a month-long residency in June at Red River District speakeasy Swan Dive.
Before they will begin their residency, MMR first stopped by Austin’s famous Waterloo Records to perform an intimate, stripped down version of their song “Bang! Bang!,” the second installment in their “Sessions” series.
Based in Dallas, MMR is a collaborative duo headed by vocalist Keite Young and renowned Dallas producer Jason Burt. They describe their sound as Future Soul – “a soulful futuristic blend of gospel, R&B, and hip-hop.”
MMR frequently include production elements similar to that of the hip-hop/artpop/avant-garde blend popularized by artists like Kanye West. Young’s robustly soulful vocals are heavily influence by gospel, and are very reminiscent of the vocals of Dallas R&B legend, Erykah Badu (in fact, MMR has actually worked with a member of Erykah Badu’s band). They have also collaborated with many other prominent artists in the Dallas area, most notably country/rock band The Texas Gentlemen.
The residency begins on Saturday, June 3rd, at Swan Dive. MMR will perform each Saturday of June thereafter. Their first show will be opened by Austin experimental/future soul band MAMAHAWK – who know well their way around the Austin venue circuit. Hopefully, MAMAHAWK’s opening will help MMR smoothly adapt to the nuances of the Austin music scene – if they even need the help. MMR appears comfortably suited to the challenges of live performances – and this residency is clearly an opportunity for this new band to fully show off their strengths and abilities as talented musicians.
Check out Medicine Man Revival’s debut single Bittersweet here:
Doors open at Swan Dive on June 3 at 9:30pm.