Summer Concert Series begins June 6
The Summer Concert Series kicks off Thursday, June 6 at Aaron Bessant Park adjacent to Pier Park, with a performance by The New Respects. The free concert is from 7-9 p.m. Food vendors will be on site and the event is BYOB.
According to an online biography by Timothy Monger, The New Respects are a high-energy throwback rock and soul quartet comprised of siblings Alexandria, Alexis and Darius Fitzgerald, and their cousin Jasmine Mullen. The children of a Nashville preacher, twins Alexandria (guitar) and Alexis (bass) and their brother Darius (drums) grew up on gospel music. Mullen (vocals) heard a wider range of influences in the house, as her parents were both songwriters in the Christian music industry. Her mom, Nicole C. Mullen, had established herself as a prominent recording artist in the early 2000s.
Forming in high school as the John Handcock Band, the quartet was initially based around more of an indie folk sound. As they became more established, the influences of early rock, R&B, blues and soul began to influence their sound, and their music became more dynamic. By 2016, they had signed with Capitol CMG and changed their name to The New Respects. Following a pair of singles later that year, they made their debut in early 2017 with the Here Comes Trouble EP. The non-album single "Freedom" appeared in May 2018.
You can hear "Hands Up" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf-veH7BoOA