Le­vitt AMP Mu­sic Series An­other great evening of mu­sic in Tren­ton

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS - By L.A. Parker la­parker@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @la­parker6 on Twit­ter

Rhythm gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Quincy Mum­ford asked a key ques­tion via song Thurs­day, an in­quiry Tren­ton res­i­dents need to an­swer.

“If I reach out to you, would you lend a help­ing hand?,” Mum­ford quizzed dur­ing a head­liner ap­pear­ance with his band “The Rea­son Why” as the cap­i­tal city en­joyed a third in­stall­ment of the Le­vitt AMP Tren­ton Mu­sic Series, a 10-week delivery of free mu­sic.

Mum­ford plugged sev­eral songs fea­tured on a fall re­lease ef­fort, in­clud­ing the afore­men­tioned “Help­ing Hand.”

Mum­ford en­er­gized with two Prince covers “Con­tro­versy” and “1999”, plus, added Bowie’s “Lets Dance” as an in­volved Mill Hill Park crowd en­joyed the As­bury Park-based band that fea­tured a soul­ful horn sec­tion tal­ented enough to risk and suc­cess­fully han­dle a re­con­fig­ured ver­sion of James Brown’s “Soul Power.”

“What you need?,” Mum­ford asked, as he en­gaged the au­di­ence re­ply of “Soul power.”

Mum­ford hit high notes for mu­sic en­trepreneur­ship play­ing a gutsy gui­tar that cut through any con­cerns about the evening’s main-staged mu­sic pro­duc­tion.

He hooked lis­ten­ers on an­other tune en­ti­tled “Great Es­cape” and Mum­ford’s “Ain’t It Sweet” cap­tured the essence of love.

Mum­ford as mae­stro never preached al­though sub­tle in­sights in­fused his mes­sage of soul power, love power and com­mu­nity.

“As­bury Park and Tren­ton have sim­i­lar history. As­bury seems on its way back and I hope the same for Tren­ton,” Mum­ford of­fered.

Ku­dos to Mum­ford &The Rea­son Why for a strong reper­toire of rock, funk, hip hop and soul mu­sic, plus, their mes­sage re­gard­ing com­mu­nity.

If James Brown is in­volved then some­body needs to take this col­umn to the bridge. (Quincy) “What we need? Soul power.”

Tren­ton’s gotta have? Soul power.

L.A. Parker is a Tren­to­nian colum­nist.

L.A. PARKER - THE TREN­TO­NIAN

Quincy Mum­ford & The Rea­son Why de­liv­ered po­tent per­for­mance at Le­vitt AMP Tren­ton Mu­sic Series in Mill Hill Park.

L.A. Parker Colum­nist

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