On Saturday, September 21, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s radio station, WUAG 103.1, hosted their second WUAG-A-PALOOZA concert at the Cone Ballroom in the EUC. The lineup included two returning acts from Greensboro, Reliably Bad and Black Haüs, as well as the group Young Bull from Durham, NC joining the lineup for the first time. With the room lit a cool shade of blue and students congregating around the stage, the ballroom transformed from a school event space into an intimate music venue.
Reliably Bad, an eight-piece funk jazz group that has most recently played at Kickback Jack’s and the NC Folk Festival, opened the show. Jess Schneider (vocals), Matt Laird (bass guitar), Colin Moser (keys/guitar), Chris Peebles (saxophone), Chris Sisco (trumpet), Charlie Sothcott (trombone) and Jimmy Washington (guitar) enamored the audience with their upbeat funky grooves. Schneider led in with her smooth jazzy vocals accompanied with the sounds of guitar, synth keys and brass as they performed their most recent single ‘You and I’, an unreleased cosmic tune called ‘Space Girl’, and of course – a performance of ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Next up to the stage was Black Haüs, a queer, alternative, all-Black punk band that has made major strides this past summer, winning a competition that scored them a performance slot at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn amongst several big names. Members Jeffrey Tulliz Jr. (vocals), Patrick Young (vocals), Collin Nesbitt (bass guitar), Sid Pennix (percussion), and Taylor Williams (guitar) dominated the space with their high-energy performance and had the room moshing to their original singles such as ‘Oh Shit!’ and ‘Eyes Glued to the Pavement’.
The show concluded with Young Bull, an R&B trio from Durham, NC. With over 3 million streams on Spotify alone for their first full-length album ‘Sopadelic’, they are quickly growing in popularity. The group formed years ago when Tahmique Cameron and Gabe Fox-Peck joined forces as a high school talent show act, later to be accompanied by rapper Christian Sinclair along with jazz and funk instrumentalists. Their success has led them to co-sign with Grammy Nominated recording artist Rapsody and perform at the Hopscotch Music Festival, Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival, and other venues for their most recent ‘Not an Individual’ Tour. After much anticipation, the members arrived onstage along with Lovell Bradford Jr., a student at UNCG who was filling in for the band’s bassist Butler Knowles. Cameron swayed as he delivered his soulful and raspy vocals, Sinclair brought his lyrical flow and Fox-Peck created magic on the keys as they performed songs from both of their albums, including their most popular tracks ‘Voicemail’ and ‘Egyptian Joint’. The performance left the room with a feel-good energy.
With the second WUAG-A-PALOOZA being a success, it is clear that the event should remain a staple on campus as it truly showcases Greensboro’s diverse and flourishing underground scene as well as other North Carolinian artists. The station will be hosting more shows on campus this school year as a part of their “WUAG Presents” series.