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Art On The Rocks Exclusive: The Suffers

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They have performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Late Show with David Letterman. This Houston band has sold out shows across the country, but you don’t have to travel far to see The Suffers this summer. Art On The Rocks presented by Dale’s Seasoning is bringing them to Birmingham tonight for an unforgettable performance!

Frontwoman Kam Franklin’s powerhouse vocals and knack for a killer performance captivate audiences of all sizes. She defines their sound as “Gulf Coast Soul,” a mishmash of genres that have inspired the members of this eight-piece wonder-band. Continue reading to learn about the band’s beginning, their idea of the perfect Art On The Rocks food pairing, and what you can expect at tonight’s performance.

Birmingham Museum of Art: Everybody wants to know the band’s story. How did you all meet, and how did you combine musical tastes to develop your sound?

Kam Franklin: We met playing in ska, punk, and reggae bands around the Houston area. The intent was just to have this fun project where we did soulful rocksteady covers of popular music. As time evolved and we incorporated more original music, our sound grew as well as our following. We all come from different backgrounds, both culturally and musically, and you can definitely hear it in the music. Reggae, salsa, gospel, jazz, etc. it’s all in there.

BMA: Art On The Rocks is about blending the best of Birmingham culture (music, performances, food, and more) with the beautiful Museum environment. In the spirit of fusing music and art, which visual artists might best represent The Suffers?

KF: This is a great question. I’d compare our music to Yayoi Kusama or James Terrell. We’re bright, different, and comforting.

BMA: Birmingham has an incredible food culture. If you rmusic were perfectly paired with a delicious meal and cocktail, what would be on the menu?

KF: Gumbo and a local pale ale. Cocktails are great, but it’s summertime. Bring on the beers!

BMA: What are you most looking forward to about playing in Birmingham this summer?

KF: We’re looking forward to meeting tons of new people and eating lots of great food!

BMA: What can the audience expect from your show at Art On The Rocks?

KF: They can expect to leave that show feeling better than they came. We are here to spread joy.

The Suffers will perform at Art On The Rocks on Friday, June 8, from 9:30-11PM. Event details and tickets are available here.