Hillsdale, New York
Local culture
3 August 2018 07:29AM

The packed audience would not leave after Cura Cura’s second set last night at Down County Social Club at Racebrook Lodge in Sheffield until Pat Surdam, the lead singer/charmer broke a string on his electrified acoustic guitar during the third encore.

This band, spear-headed by Surdam along with the virtuosic Sam McGarrity (electric guitar and vocals) both of The Nice Ones who recently rocked Supertone Festival in Hillsdale, played a mixture of new original songs written by Surdam and McGarrity along with inspired surprisingly originally performed covers by the Bee Gees, Leonard Cohen, and Jackie Wilson, to name a few. But it is the band’s original songs that made this audience member a fan who won’t want to miss them when next they perform in the area.

Their tender, quirky, very soulful, at times ecstatic mostly love songs that are both heartbreaking and celebratory (sometimes in the same song) are performed with a rare open delightedness by Surdam and McGarrity. Justin Green’s hand drum percussion had people dancing in their seats and gorgeous vocal harmonies and percussion by Maryn Azoff and Susanna Raeven filled out the ecstatic sound. Cura Cura’s performances are medicine for the heart.

Pay attention to this band. You will not be disappointed.

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