Born and raised at the intersection of funk and rock in Seattle, Night Beats have found a sound that wouldn’t play well over the loudspeakers at a department store. Instead, Lee Blackwell, James Traeger and Jakob Bowden have crafted songs more befitting of a retro antique shop — a place where people try on paisley patterned shirts and rose-tinted glasses. Funky and eclectic, the trio make use of early R&B beats, mixed with the funky atmosphere of new-age indie. The trio, finishing up their U.S. tour supporting their new album Who Sold My Generation, hits the stage at the Observatory on Friday night. Catch a glimpse before Night Beats head across the pond on their European tour.
— Meg MacLean