Here’s the one we’ve been waiting all summer to tell you about. Mayer Hawthorne didn’t set out to be this era’s greatest blue-eyed soul singer. He wanted to make hip-hop, but label boss Peanut Butter Wolf of Stones Throw Records liked Hawthorne’s side-project soul stuff so much he decided to produce his debut record.
This year, Hawthorne (pictured) released his third record, Where Does This Door Go, which features Pharrell Williams (who may have cloned himself to appear on so many records this year), Kendrick Lamar and a spooky looking owl perched on Hawthorne’s shoulder for the cover art. This is the stuff you and your grandma can groove on together. Thank the good folks at the Department of General Services.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Superhumanoids, the Mysteios and Graham Tichy will open.
The New Music Fest with Mayer Hawthorne will play the Empire State Plaza (Madison Avenue, Albany) on Saturday (Sept. 7) beginning at 2 PM. Admission is free. Visit summer.empirestateplaza.org for more info.