Some people skipped traditional Halloween festivities to see Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds at Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln Ave.) Oct. 31.
Arleigh Kincheloe’s bold voice leads the Brooklyn-based band. The band released its fourth studio album, “Gold,” Oct. 12, and released the music video for its recent hit, “Ghost,” Oct. 31.
A modest crowd of mostly older adults filled Lincoln Hall, and a few people were dressed in costume.
Lincoln Hall’s small space has a more intimate vibe compared to larger concert venues. Several people were able to stand inches away from the artists.
Nashville-based duo Smooth Hound Smith opened the concert. Wife and husband Caitlin and Zack Smith released their second studio album, “Sweet Tennessee Honey,” in 2016.
In the Halloween spirit, Smooth Hound Smith took the stage dressed as the Wayne’s World duo from the classic Saturday Night Live sketches. Zack wore jeans, a black t-shirt and a Wayne’s World hat. Caitlin wore a blonde wig and a green flannel shirt.
Smooth Hound Smith’s folk-rock music carried energy in each note of its nine-song set. “The Minutes” and “Forever Cold” were driven by fast-paced guitar picking while other songs were carried by a steady beat.
The pair also engaged the audience with a dance contest with a free vinyl record as the prize. Although most people were hesitant to participate, a few enthusiastic couples took advantage of the opportunity.
Audience members called for Smooth Hound Smith to play one of its popular songs, “Crazy Over You,” but the band didn’t come back to sing.
After a short break, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds took the stage. The band wore masks, and Kincheloe donned an ornate tiara.
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds had a loud, commanding presence. Its thumping rock beats and bold brass notes were sometimes too big to contain in the smaller venue, but many audience members fed off the energy and danced along with the band.
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds also played songs from previous albums including “Freight Train” and “We Need A Love” from the album “Fowl Play.” Vivid lights flashed along with the music building on the band’s energy.
The band’s brass section bolstered Kincheloe’s projecting voice, and it would sometimes swing to the beat of the music. Kincheloe’s brother, Jackson, shined playing the harmonica.
Kincheloe closed the show with “Gold,” the title track of the band’s new album, and “Mama Knows,” from the album “Fowl Play.” She spoke to the audience about being back on tour after having her son and said the song “Mama Knows” had a new meaning for her.
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds and Smooth Hound Smith’s music is available on all streaming platforms.