The 90 degree sun wasn’t the only source of energy on Thursday, July 30 – up-and-coming artists Santah and Zaramela gave fiery performances at the John Hancock Center plaza during the free Summer Concert Series presented by HEARN and Music Dealers.
A crowd gathered in and around the plaza as pop-rock group Santah started their set at 5pm. The brother and sister duo of Stanton and Vivian McConnell harmonized on the vocals while the band layered a dreamy instrumentation of psychedelic pop-infused rock.
The emotional lyrics and pulsating sounds willed the audience to dance, and fans of the band cheered as Santah premiered a number of songs from their forthcoming album, due to release this fall.
Santah’s Live Set
At 6pm, the dynamic septet Zaramela began their set, opening with the anthemic track, “Equinox.” Zaramela boasts an animated stage presence that enticed the crowd at the plaza to dance to the band’s jazz-inspired jam rock set. As the horn section crooned to begin their cover of “St. James Infirmary,” the audience attempted to sing along with the iconic song; however, few could keep up with Zaramela’s funky adaptation and lead singer Kris Hanson’s signature blend of rapping and singing.
Zaramela’s Live Set:
Only five weeks remain of the Summer Concert Series. The next set will feature performances by modern-folk Americana band The Way Down Wanderers and singer-songwriter RAURA – two emerging acts you won’t want to miss.
View the full Summer Concert Series performance schedule here and be sure to check out a free show on Michigan Ave!