Concert Review: Best To Burn

Light ’em up, up, up, Light ’em up, up, up, I’m on fire

I saw the A Cappella group “Best to Burn” Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Red Light Café in Atlanta, Georgia. It was a fun night as a good crowd gathered at the venue, located on the east side of Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta’s Amsterdam Walk, it is a cozy place for live entertainment and music.

The show opened with a friend of Best to Burn, Kaddy Kobain, who fuses trap beats[1] with unique vocal sounds and melodies inspired by grunge rock and artists such as Kurt Cobain and Gavin Degraw. He was followed a few minutes later by the incredible voices of Best to Burn. Even if you’re not familiar with the songs they cover (like me) I think you’ll still appreciate their fun and upbeat performance.

Set List for Saturday, May 7, 2022
  • I’m Back – Cover of Royal Deluxe
  • River – Cover of Bishop Briggs
  • Brother – Cover of Need to Breathe (feat. Gavin DeGraw)
  • Good For You – Original written by Christy Fennessy and Benjy Rose
  • Attention – Cover of Charlie Puth
  • Wait For It – Cover of Lin-Manuel Miranda (from “Hamilton” musical)
  • Your Hands – Cover of Grae
  • Bang! – Cover of AJR
  • Bones – Cover of Maren Morris
  • No More – Original written by Christy Fennessy
  • The Lyricist – Original by Benjy Rose
  • Animal – Cover of Neon Trees
  • The Greatest Thing – Original by Benjy Rose
  • Say My Name – Cover of Peking Duk
  • Drum Duo – Benji Rose and John Hendrix
  • King is Born – Cover of Aloe Blacc
  • Can You Hear Me Now – Cover of Bishop Briggs
  • You Don’t Get Me High Anymore – Cover of Phantogram
  • My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark – Cover of Fall Out Boy
  • Believer – Cover of Imagine Dragons

I have seen the group for many years now, even seeing their members in other A Cappella groups like Atlanta’s all-female group Octave. They mentioned that they had played the Red Light Café 6 times and I was at several of those. They do covers of popular songs as well as writing some themselves. These are all done so well that it is seamless. I also really enjoyed the Dual Drums (Beat Box) of Benjy and John who are very talented and funny.

Best to Burn
  • Benjy Rose (percussion)
  • Christy Fennessy (first soprano/alto)
  • Kelly Howard (mezzo soprano/alto)
  • Carl Christie (bass)
  • John Hendrix (tenor)
  • Jacob Shreckengost (baritone)

They had not played publicly since this Covid-19 pandemic started so it was really nice to hear them in a club environment again. For information on their next show check out the Best to Burn website and my previous blog post on them. I know you’ll have a great time.

Concert Photos (swipe to see more with phone)

Animal
Can You Hear Me Now
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark
Bang!
Say My Name/Duel Drums
You Don’t Get High Anymore
Believer

Footnotes
  1. Trap beats make up the basis of the popular genre of music, Trap. Trap music has been around since the 90s. While old school Trap music is heavy on the percussions, the way Trap beats have evolved today in the mainstream world of music has seen a lot of EDM Trap crossover beats. This means the Trap as we know it today has evolved into the use of techno, dub, and Dutch house sounds that are mixed right along with the original percussion from the Roland TR-808 drum machine.

Sources

Best to Burn
Red Light Cafe



Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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