Y’all. If you haven’t been to Sleeping Village in Avondale yet, run, don’t walk. This music venue is quickly becoming a sought-after concert spot for me. And it was the perfect place for Joey Dosik to bring his soulful grooves on Friday night.
As part of the new soul revival, Dosik is a solo artist. A collaborator. A reinventor of the classics. He is a member of soul collective Vulfpeck and just released his debut album Inside Voice. And his sound feels like it was transported directly from the ’60s in all of its glorious facets.
Woody Goss opened the show, a former Skokie resident, and also the keyboardist of Vulfpeck. His tunes ranged from riffs on “Naima” by John Coltrane to other classic jazz tunes. It was a nice way to warm up the chilly Friday evening, and he kept it real with the crowd as if we’d all known each other from way back when. “Kaufman’s Deli? Yeah!” he shouted to the crowd to illustrate that one can leave Chicago, but it never leaves them. (Okay, he might just miss those bagels, but it’s what I like to think.)
And then it was time for Joey Dosik’s set. The room was full. The house lights were dimmed (and soon to be replaced with a spinning disco ball that illuminated purple light throughout the space). The craft beers were in hand.
Dosik started his set with an extended version of “Inside Voice,” the sultry, groovy title track from his new album. And it was like we were in the ’60s, when soul and Motown were primary music forms. He moved through songs from the new record as well as old favorites, like “Game Winner” and the ever-gorgeous “Running Away.”
Midway through the set, he noted that his vocal chords had been overworked at his show in Ann Arbor the night prior, and my jaw nearly dropped as you could not tell. His voice sounded pristine, effortless. He then did an improv song about Chicago in which he stated, “Just like Sammy Sosa / We’re both on steroids.” Ah, the Windy City.
My favorite part of the set was the end, when Dosik decided to do a Marvin Gaye medley, that was, for lack of a better term, effervescent. He played “What’s Going On” on the saxophone, then moved into “What’s Happening Brother” and “Mercy, Mercy Me.” As a soul aficionado, I was in heaven. It won’t be long before Dosik joins the ranks of mega-soul artists like Leon Bridges, and I can’t wait to see how his artistry continues to grow.