Marin City Soul, Blues and Jazz Party
September 6, 2011
Consonance performed on Sunday, September 5, 2011 at the Marin Soul Party! Although this was primarily a blues festival, Consonance stole the show from many of the dynamic blues artists. Jimmy MacCracklin, Curtis Lawson and Fillmore Slim were on hand to provide some soulful blues. But it was Consonance who stole the show.
The group did a 5 song set that was energetic and had the crowd on its feet. Their Good News Blues #3 was a crowd favorite as well as their opening number, Come On In This House. The extended solos by Tim Landis, lead guitarist, and Chris Tse, keyboards, were awesome. The group also performed a song from their new cd, Message of Hope. That song, Wonderful, is a Temptation-inspired smooth southern-styled song that is slick and full of praise. Vocally, you cannot match the powerful leads of Mack Williams, Paul Foster, Jr. and Bobby Reed.
In all this was a stand-out performance for a group that is rapidly gaining a reputation for stellar live appearances. If you have a chance to catch them, I suggest that you do that. You will not be disappointed.
Jackie Taylor, Manager
Chris Treadway's Column
June 12, 2011
The Richmond Homefront Festival
October 3, 2010
Consonance performed at the Richmond Homefront Festival. The event was held in the Craneway Pavillion at the end of Harbor Way in Richmond, California. The group did a 1 hour set that was exciting and really tight. They did seven songs from contemporary to traditional gospel. The crowd was really into the performance with some attendees standing from beginning to the end.
You need to check out Consonance when they are in your area. You will not forget them.
Jackie Taylor, Entertainment Specialist
Main Street Project's Spirit and Soul Festival
September 19, 2010
On September 19th, Consonance performed at the Spirit and Soul Festival. This very classy event was held in old downtown Richmond at Harbor Way and MacDonald Avenues. The venues feature gospel, jazz, zydeco and R&B performers.
Consonance did an energetic set that demonstrated the versitily of the group. They also performed a new song, My Song, which will be on their upcoming CD. And they did the crowd favorite, "Good News Blues #3" with Bobby Reed on the vocals. The crowd was thoroughly engaged and remain involved with the performance from start to finish.
Another awesome performance.
Hayward Russell City Blues Festival
July 12, 2009
My goodness, my goodness! Another stellar performance was offered by the gifted group Consonance. Today at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival, they opened the day with a rousing performance. Patrons were in awe of their smooth style and great muscisianship.
They opened the set with "Come On In This House". This fast and tight gospel will be on their upcoming cd and it features Bros. Mack Williams and Paul Foster, Jr. sharing the lead. Their counterbalance is great and each sings their part with lots of energy.
For a gosple group, the group certainly is not traditional. They move in and out songs with ease and they are master showmen. Paul Foster, Jr. did the popular "God Came In My Life" from the See The Light cd, and was mingling with the crowd singing how his life was changed. Lloyd Gregory's solo on the lead guitar was very impressive as was his guitar work the entire set. This group really knows how to work an audience with either musical solos or vocal skill. And the group performed "Good News Blues #3 with Bobby Reed on lead vocals. It was show stopper.
So, if you have not seen them on stage, you need to do yourself a favor and catch them at the next performance. You will not regret it.
by Jackie Taylor
25th Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival
July 5, 2009
If you missed you, you need to slap yourself. Consonance was off the chain today at the 25th Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival. They perform a one and a half hour set of great song, dynamite solos and had the crowd standing at the end.
They also did their "Good News Blues #2" which was a blues inspired gospel written by Brother Mack Williams and sung by Bobby Reed. Bobby use to be the lead singer for the blues band, The Right Kind, and he was the lead singer on their smash hit, "Why Do You Have To Lie". Well Bobby isn't singing secular music anymore, but he sure can sing gospel.
Also, their redition of "A Change Is Gonna Come" was excellent with tight harmony and a great arrangement. But they saved the best for last when they ended with "When I Get In Glory" with Mack Williams on the lead. Mack walked the ailse and had the crowd dancing and clapping at the end.
What a show! You need to catch them next week at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival on Sunday at 11 am. If you don't you will miss a treat.
by Jackie Taylor
Phaye Magee-White's Appreciation Banquet and Show
April 27, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009 - Richmond California.
On Saturday, April 25, 2009, CONSONANCE was a featured guest group at the appreciation program from musical director Ms. Phaye Magee-White. Phaye has been a musician for over 40 years playing for numerous choirs and groups. She loves CONSONANCE and invited them share their ministry to the appreciative audience.
The program was held at the Veterans Hall in Richmond, CA. About three hundred people were in attendance. The group performed two songs for the appreciative crowd and as usual gave a stimulating performance.
What is so amazing about this group is their ability to excite the audience and to get them to join in the celebration of their music. At the end of their set, the entire crowd was its feet clapping and exhorting the group. They are amazing.
By Jackie Taylor
Bay Area Blues Society's Awards Night
March 29, 2009
Oakland, CA: By Jackie Taylor
Today, March 29, 2009, CONSONANCE received the award for the "Best Gospel Group of 2009". All the members of the group accepted the award and thank their loyal supporters for "staying in their corner" over the years. The group accepted the award in front of a capacity crowd at the Oakland Hilton Hotel.
The group also were asked to perform and they did just that. They did a rousing rendition of "Resting Easy", and traditional gospel song that had the crowd dancing in the aisles.
If you get a chance, be sure to see CONSONANCE when they are in your area. And you can get their CD by going to www.cdbaby.com/cd/consonance
Living Word Ministry Annual Gospel Show
March 28, 2009
CONSONANCE was in rare form this evening. They were the featured guests at the Living Word Ministry Annual Gospel Show. They did four songs starting with "Come On Into This House", which is going to be on their upcoming CD. This song is a catchy, uplifting plea to come into the Lord's for whatever you need. Mack Williams and Paul Foster, Jr. share the lead vocals on it. They also did "Thank You" from their current CD which features each member of the group doing a lead part. It really showcases their versatility. They made a smooth transition to Sam Cooke's "Change Gonna Come" with Paul Foster, Jr. on lead and ended with "Resting Easy" with Paul on the lead. Throughout the program the audience was in rapt attention and ended with a standing ovation.
Give yourself and a treat and be sure to see CONSONANCE whenever they are performing in your area. Or purchase their latest cd from www.cdbaby.com/cd/consonance
By Jackie Taylor
True Vine Church
March 8, 2009
On Sunday, March 8th, CONSONANCE performed at True Vine Church in Oakland, CA. They were the guest singing group for the second year in a row. The set they provided was typically awesome.The set started with "Come On Into This House" a song that will be on their upcoming cd. Mack Williams and Paul Foster, Jr. share the lead part in a way that reminds you of the Soul Stirrers back in the day.
The group then sang "Thank You" which is an audience favorite. They followed with "God Came In My Life" that has that infectious refrain, "just in the nick of time". The set ended with Mack Williams walking the ailes with "When I Get In Glory" an upbeat, toe-tapping number with tons of energy.
The group is truly at its best in a church setting where people can let their hair down and go along for the spiritual ride. Be sure to see them when they perform in your area.
By Jackie Taylor