Darrius Willrich is not only a gifted musician in his own right--he shares, teaching music at Seattle Preparatory School and Seattle Central Community College. And tonight at the Nectar Lounge, he shares with you too. From this week's Short List:
It's hard to discuss the music made by Darrius Willrich without the phrase "grown and sexy" sneaking into the conversation, brought on by equal parts slow jams and upbeat love songs--or, as he calls them all, "Sweet Urban Soul." The feel-good singer is a Seattle-ite through-and-through: trained as a jazz pianist at Cornish, his most recent record, Can't Get Enough, was produced and recorded by local hip-hop luminary Vitamin D. And while the instrumentals are of undeniable quality, it's ultimately Willrich's vocals that steal the show. Warm and versatile with visible influence from early Stevie Wonder to Babyface, Willrich is just as likely to get you dancing as soundtrack the things that go on behind bedroom doors.
Willrich gets support from vocoder-heavy Disco&B artist Richie Aldente and Portland songstress Reva Devito, fresh off the release of her debut The Catnip Collective EP and collaborations with Seattle's Dark Time Sunshine. The Nectar's doors open at 8 p.m., and a wallet-friendly $5 gets you through 'em.