REVIEW | Roosevelt at U Street Music Hall
I knew the crowd at UHall was destined to dance as soon as the band made their way on stage: you don’t witness a drummer repping a sweat band on stage every day! The ensemble had a polished, synchronized aesthetic comprising Marius Lauber (producer) on guitar, vox, and synth, accompanied by a band replete with drums, bass, and a keyboardist. The whole club recognized his music and sang along to most of the tracks off of his 2016 self-titled album, Roosevelt.
The highlight of the night was when Roosevelt performed their hit single, “Night Moves.” Not only is the song particularly infectious, but also as the song was performed live, my friend shared his story of discovering Roosevelt by coincidence. Apparently, as he was searching for Bob Seger’s 1976 hit “Night Moves,” he accidentally listened to Roosevelt’s track instead. My friend was instantly hooked with Roosevelt’s infectious single; so much so that he was compelled to buy tickets for himself and his girlfriend. I spotted many friends and colleagues in attendance at the show, most of which I’ve known to be creative types and purveyors of up-and-coming music.
All the songs in the set-list flowed impeccably and harmoniously, resulting in a packed crowd pulsing to a locked-in, groovy rhythm section augmented by the vibrant melodies. Roosevelt also took attention to detail and musicality: weaving in percussive elements such as woodblocks, cowbells, and rhythmic arps. I couldn’t help but feel electrified by Roosevelt. This is the perfect music to kick-off the sizzling summer months that lie ahead.