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Friday Cheers Preview: Lee Fields & the Expressions with Kings

Cool refreshment in hand, you’ll be treated to the soulful sounds of Kings; a collective of Richmond musicians representing hometown label Jellowstone Records (founded in part by Reggie Pace of the infamous NO BS Brass Band).

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The 2017 season of Friday Cheers begins on Cinco De Mayo, and while you might not be able to grab an ice cold margarita on Brown’s Island, trust us when we say that a wine slushie is a delicious substitute.

Cool refreshment in hand, you’ll be treated to the soulful sounds of Kings; a collective of Richmond musicians representing hometown label Jellowstone Records (founded in part by Reggie Pace of the infamous NO BS Brass Band). The group has recorded with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, but their smooth R&B is in a sphere all it’s own and is worthy of your attention. This could be the next band to break big out of Richmond, so make sure you see them on week one so you can say that you knew them way back when.

Take a listen to them perform their single “Perfect” and try and tell me it’s not oozing with the kind of funk we only thought possible from the purple one himself (R.I.P. Prince).

Next up, you might be asking, “What’s Going On?” when Lee Fields and the Expressions take the stage. That’s because their pop and R&B sound has clear influences in the vein of Marvin Gaye. You can hear it loud and clear in their single “Ladies.” Take a listen below:

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Scott Castro is a local politico, writer, and unabashed supporter of the Richmond music scene. You've probably seen his signature white hair near the front row of the last local concert you attended. If you ever want to talk at length about the finer points of Conor Oberst: he's you man. Follow him on Twitter at @ScottCastro.