Cyndi Cain is a superstar. I could hear her voice booming loud and clear for blocks before I reached the venue. Serving up tunes that had a funky soul vibe, Cain's pipes were a force to be reckoned with last night. Her body moved with her voice, and she waved her hands and bobbed her head with every riff. And Cain wasn't the only one moving; the powerhouse vocalist had the crowd inside the Squeezers stage tent grooving and buzzing.
Unfortunately, Cain's bandmates did not match her intensity. Her two background singers moved robotically to the beat with bored looks on their faces. Even the instrumentalists who joined her on stage seemed unenthused. With the passion and confidence that Cain was giving, the nonchalant attitude of her fellow musicians detracted from the overall vibe. You've gotta sell the gig, friends - even if you're not in the spotlight.
Still, the show was a quintessential Jazz Fest good time. Outdoor venues are the heart and soul of the fest, especially when the weather is nice.
I'm seriously looking forward to tomorrow. For one, I'll be hitting up some laid back venues like Montage and the outdoor stages. But most importantly, I get to see Ibrahim Electric - a Danish trio known for epic and awesome weirdness. Can't wait.
Jazz Fest 2014: Cyndi Cain
Cyndi Cain performed at the Squeezers Stage at the Inn on Broadway on Thursday, June 27 as part of the 2014 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.
PHOTOS BY MARK CHAMBERLIN