by Madison Matous
At around 5:30pm on the First Friday of every month, the streets of Downtown Bryan come alive. By dusk, streets and sidewalks are teeming with people pausing to listen to street musicians, watch a magic act, browse artwork, or just chat with friends. Shops stay open late to accommodate the increased traffic and restaurants stay busy well into the evening. Once a movie theater, the Palace Theater is now an outdoor performance area and the home for entertainment and music sponsored monthly by a local business.
This week, the Palace Theatre welcomes KP and the Boom Boom, a group that is said to be reinventing soul for a new generation. KP is a native of the United Kingdom, a woman who’s traveled the world from India to Guatemala only to finally land in Austin where she joined forces with a group of self-described “music geeks” creating a sound that is sophisticated, edgy, and impassioned.
The band began to pick up some speed in 2013 after releasing a four-track EP and a music video for their single, “Feel It.” They were selected as a “Band to Watch” at UTOPIAfest 2014 by Austin Fusion Magazine and the Horn. A year later, Austin City Limits Festival selected KP and the Boom Boom for an Official ACL Late Night Show. Because of their dynamic performances, they were chosen shortly after to support Snoop Dogg at ACL Live Moody Theatre. Their highly anticipated album will be making its debut in early 2016.
Make sure to come by the Palace Theatre at 8pm on First Friday to catch this up and coming band.