Kicking off their tour in support of their debut album ‘Uncommon Good,’ Busty and the Bass headed to Waterloo, Canada to perform for a packed house at Maxwell’s Concerts & Events. The relatively new nine-piece drew fans, from young to older-middle aged adults, to see for themselves the energy and passion that the outfit had to offer – and they were not let down.

Starting the night off was Boston, MA hip-hop artist Caye. As the only opener to Busty, Caye used his time on stage to good effect. Blending his soulful sound with hip-hop, Caye’s feel-good music and positive vibe complimented Busty’s own style. With a set-list drawing largely from his debut EP ‘Shades (Pt. 1),’ Caye also offered a look into what he has planned for the future. This included a new single featuring Wiz Khalifa slated to come out next year. But once the set was nearing its end, Caye signaled to the audience to “make some noise for Busty!” Caye was a good opener, but the thunderous cheers from the crowd meant they were ready for the main act.

The lights dimmed and lead singer/saxophonist Nick Ferraro, accompanied by the remaining eight members of Busty, stepped out onto the stage. The band wasted no time diving into a set-list packed with songs from ‘Uncommon Good.’ The group began with a performance of ‘Free Shoes,’ the perfect song to highlight all of Busty’s strengths as a band – their ability to mix electro-soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk to create a cohesive, fun and an electrifying sound.

However, the deafening cheers grew ever-so slightly once vocalist Alistair Blu chimed in with his rapping. He, alongside Ferraro performing center stage, was a spectacle in and of itself. Their stage presence was enthralling and a large part of that had to do with their chemistry – both on-stage and off. The two members, along with the rest of the band, were friends since their first week in university at McGill in Montreal, Canada. Watching Busty perform, the bond they shared was palpable; and permeated throughout their set.

Staying true to their live shows being filled with high energy and movement, Busty continued with performances of ‘Up Top’ and ‘Common Ground’ from ‘Uncommon Ground.’ Both tunes were highlights for Ferraro who demonstrated his vocal range and the strength of his falsetto. More importantly, Ferraro controlled much of the movement onstage; jumping and dancing with energy, all while maintaining great composure and mic control.

Where Busty’s performance rose to new heights was at the halfway mark of their show, performing one of the more popular songs from ‘Uncommon Ground,’ ‘Bad Trip.’ Seeing the song live gave a look at the band’s technical brilliance. The song boasts layers upon layers of instrumentals that create a breathtaking ambiance, and overall heightens Alistair’s rapping. It was easily the funkiest, most crowd-pleasing song of the night.

‘Bad Trip’ boasted one strong performance after the next, featuring several notable solos that gave many of the band members a chance to shine. Drummer Julian Trivers rocked out to ‘Dead Poet,’ while guitarist Louis Stein shredded during Busty’s performance of ‘Models,’ from their second EP ‘GLAM.’

The overwhelming energy built up to the final portion of the show with a performance of ‘Dance with Someone!!!’ Pianist Eric Haynes was given the floor midway through the song and used every second to dazzle with his skills on the keyboard. What proceeded next was a jolt of power that ran like a current through the nine-member band as they concluded the song, and their set-list, on a high note.

But the fans wanted more, chanting “Busty, Busty, Busty…” The band returned for an encore and Ferraro, armed with his sax, promptly took center stage and began to play a thrilling solo – adding more to the range of talent the band had on display. The rest of Busty entered the fray, bleeding into what would be the final song for the night, ‘The Real’ from ‘GLAM.’

The tremendous amount of applause Busty received was well deserved. Fans chanted “Busty! Busty!” well after their performance concluded. It is a testament to how brilliant Busty is at fusing different genres of music, and bringing together people of all different ages and backgrounds, to enjoy the spirit of music as a community. Busty and the Bass came to Maxwell’s and tore the house down.

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