One of the industry’s most celebrated R&B groups is making its debut in St. Pete this weekend as part of a popular music series in downtown. The Floridian Social Club (historic State Theater) has partnered with Berset + Harris Entertainment for the LIVE ON CENTRAL music series, and its December concert welcomes the world-renowned Moonchild to the city for a two-night stay.
Hosted by popular R&B musician Alex Harris, the incredible shows take place at The Floridian Social Club on Thursday, December 1, and Friday, December 2, both at 7:30 pm. The show is a double feature, as Moonchild will be complemented by a performance from Harris himself, a local R&B and Soul singer and producer. Thursday tickets can be found here, and Friday tickets are available here.
A Grammy-nominated group, Moonchild is an American alternative R&B band based in Los Angeles. The band consists of Amber Navran, Max Bryk, and Andris Mattson. All three are alumni of USC Thornton School of Music’s Jazz Studies program. The band formed in the summer of 2011 after touring the west coast with Navran’s previous solo project. The trio bonded in the car over similar music tastes and spent the summer and subsequent fall writing the music for their debut album, Be Free, which would be released the next year.
The debut album was well received by critics, garnering praise from many musical greats, including Jill Scott, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Stevie Wonder. After hearing the group’s music in December 2012, Wonder invited the group to open for him at his annual House Full of Toys benefit concert.
Live On Central is an intimate music series that features both world-renowned performing artists and local talent, as well. It is in partnership with the nonprofit organization, Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT). The show benefits the organization’s creative workforce curriculum that provides its students with experiential learning opportunities through Masterclasses, Apprenticeship, and Student Fellowships.