A family affair

Kindred gives a free concert in Harrisburg. Photo by Leon Laing

Kindred gives a free concert in Harrisburg. Photo by Leon Laing.

Nothing beats a free concert during the recession—especially if Kindred the Family Soul headlines it.

Philadelphia–based Kindred, who inked a deal Hidden Beach Recordings, is labelmates with neo-soul queen Jill Scott  (who also hails from Philly). The married duet, consisting of Aja Graydon and Fatin  Dantzler, are known as the modern-day Ashford & Simpson.  Kindred has received nominations for a Soul Train Music Award and BET Award and appeared on VH1 Soul’s Soul Cities TV show.

Thanks to Dauphin County, the promoter of Kindred’s concert, families were able to partake in children’s activities, eat ethnic foods and watch national recording artists. Kindred gave a free concert in downtown Harrisburg on Aug. 7. The group took advantage of the family oriented event by stressing the importance of family and role models, such as President Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Kindred came on stage with two guitarists, a drummer and keyboardist. With three albums under its belt, the Philly duet sang “Stars,” “Far Away,” “Where Would I Be” and “Woman First,” to name of a few of its songs. The duet wrapped up its set with the uplifting 1972 classic “Be Thankful for What You Got” by William DeVaughn.

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