Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ FTC HALLOWEEN + Saturday Nov. 1

It only makes sense that Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds perform back-to-back nights at Fairfield Theatre Company on StageOne on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 because “one [night] isn’t quite enough” said lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe.

The eight piece collective is not just a soul band. It’s nitty gritty blues, dirty funk and driving rock that force you off of your feet. Melodic horn lines, soulful harmonica and a funky rhythm section back frontwoman, Kincheloe, and the results are mesmerizing.

In front of the microphone, Kincheloe is playful and captivates listeners with her powerful vocals. When you’re not bound by Kincheloe’s vocals or the fiery brass lines, it is uncertain if you can escape all that is Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.

You may be familiar with tunes like “The Long Way” off of Sister Sparrow’s EP “Fight,” produced by Randy Jackson or “Make It Rain” with its staccato horn melody, syncopated drums and guitar and dirty harmonica solos.

“We are able to cover so much sonic ground (with Jackson on harp),” said Kincheloe. “Sometimes he’ll be playing with the horn lines, and others against the band.”

Is your costume ready?  -To be judged by the band-

Is your costume ready?
-To be judged by the band-

If you love live music, then you should check out Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. It is the kind of music that leaves a little something left on the bone for everyone. It is for those, “That can get lost, for someone who has never seen a horn section live or never stood in front of a baritone sax,” said Kincheloe. “It’s a unique experience.”

A true testimony to the band’s growth is reflective in their audience. It is inspiring to Kincheloe when she sees a 13-year-old girl standing near a 75-year-old man.

“If you can span cultural gaps, you have something,” said Kincheloe.

The band has had a rigorous tour schedule, with over 150 shows a year, and recently made their first venture overseas to the Cotai Blues and Jazz Festival in Macau, China. Luckily for you, the Birds have a few weeks off until hitting Fairfield Theater Company on Halloween night, leaving, as Kincheloe said, “Time to cook up something special for the show.”

With a few tricks up their sleeves, and a possible rumor of a costume contest according to Kincheloe, this will be a show you don’t want to miss. Not to mention, their break will leave plenty of time for new material and to deal with the craziness of Halloween. More importantly, Kincheloe laughed, “[There’s] time to get our costumes together.”sslog

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds will continue their New England run at Tellus 360 in Lancaster, Pa. on Nov. 6, The Spot Underground in Providence, R.I. on Nov. 7 and spend two nights at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City, N.Y. on Nov. 28 and 29.

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