When I saw the notice about “A Holiday Treat” at Kat’s Cafe for a night filled with traditional and soulful Christmas music my interest was piqued. Once I discovered that the show would be headlined by Brooke Alford, Artist of the Violin, I carved out the time on my calendar. My library of Christmas music is filled with both classical, R&B and pop tunes: Handel’s Messiah; Temptations’ “Silent Night”; Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker; O’Jays’ “Merry Christmas Baby”; Eartha Kit’s “Santa Baby”; Il Divo’s “Ave Maria”; and on, and on and on… With that in a mind, I was in the mood for a bit of soulful and classic Christmas cheer with other music fans at Kat’s Cafe.
Open since 2007, Kat’s Cafe, has been a major staple in the Atlanta music scene. Nestled in the heart in the heart of Midtown, I sometimes forget that this gem of a venue is here. Parking in Midtown can be a nightmare but, I am pleased with places like Kat’s Cafe that have valet service. I’m even more appreciative of valet parking on a frigid winter night like this one. I was even more appreciative to find my favorite spot, at the end of the bar, and just a few feet away from the stage was open.
“Not a Violinist, but an Artist of the Violin” – Brooke Alford
Brooke Alford, Artist of the Violin, performed with her band REFRESH. With keyboards, drums and guitar backing her up Brooke Alford entertained the crowd with some holiday, R&B, and pop favorites. These included hits from Notorious B.I.G., Chaka Khan, Sade and Christmas songs like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “What Child is This.” Hearing these songs arranged for violin was quite the treat, it gave each of the songs a timeless feeling
Learning that her violin was one left to her by her deceased FSU mentor put me more in touch with the music. This violin named “Anaiya Leshae” is one of Brooke’s most cherished possessions. Both of Brooke’s albums were recorded on Anaiya. The featured track “Twenty-Two” off of her latest EP The Viosocalist is dedicated to Brooke Alford’s mentor Beth Newdome. You can stream Brooke Alford on Spotify or download her music on iTunes (The Viosocalist and Expressions).
Tonight was great night filled with holiday cheer and a reminder to keep Kat’s Cafe in my rotation of places to visit for live music in Atlanta. I hope to see you there soon.