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Gig Pick: Harea Band at Mercury Lounge – 06.08.17

By Apartment613 on June 7, 2017





Post by Erik Stolpmann. You can find Erik on Twitter and Instagram @StolpRightNow.

After several years of cooking funky, soulful and sexy tunes, the magnetic six piece Harea Band will be “getting lit” on Thursday June 8 with a fiery night of pop, funk and soul.

After two zesty EPs, tours between Ontario and Quebec, and energetic performances across many local venues and popular festivals, Harea Band is trying something new – and groovy – as they Get Lit at Mercury Lounge. According to lead singer Alex Harea, the night of funk and pop will be less concert and more dance party.

“We want to play music that a lot of younger people grew up with, as well as Harea Band songs. We want it to become a heavy night of dance music for everyone to enjoy.”

Along with performances of some of their original tracks, Harea Band will also be diving into a collection of early 2000’s pop and more, performing colourful covers of Backstreet Boys, TLC and R. Kelly, to name a few.

“Regardless if someone is a fan of Harea Band or not, we want people to come out, dance with their friends, and have a good time.”

On top of their existing material, Alex also says that the band has a handful of new original tracks that they have ready for the show, which contribute to their proven aesthetic of funky music and fun times.

“I feel that our sound is more stylistically focused and more directional. It makes it easier to write, being in the confines of the aesthetic that we’re going for, which includes learning new covers too.”

If dancing to a funky group of local talent and some of your favourite guilty pleasures is what you need, then visit Mercury Lounge on Thursday June 8 and get lit with Harea Band and DJ beatscience.

Tickets are $10 at the door, but you can get in for half price if you donate a used book and help Harea Band get lit(erature) for the Ottawa Public Library.