Black Kids homecoming concert at Underbelly

If you happened to see the long line formed on East Bay Street last Saturday night, those were the eager attendees of the Black Kids homecoming concert at Underbelly. It was the first of the internationally adored and locally beloved Jacksonville band’s quick eight show East Coast tour that will wrap up at Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY, on August 24th. The native Kids were sent off in style in front of a loud and appreciative packed house, and lead singer Reggie Youngblood reciprocated the love.
“We’re from this motherf***ing town,” said Youngblood in between sets. “You guys are really awesome, thanks for coming out.”
The quintet fired things up with “Listen to Your Body Tonight,” followed by “Look at Me When I Rock Wichoo.” Just like that, the familiar stage presence that we all remember so well from the late aughts was reanimated. Owen Holmes coyly thumbing his genius bass lines while slightly turned away from the audience, stalwart drummer Kevin Snow pacing the up-tempo beat, female members Dawn Watley and Ali Youngblood playing with their synth machines as well as with the audience, and born-to-be-a-rockstar Reggie Youngblood-although this time with a tussled fade in lieu of his trademark fro–smoothly gyrating about the stage and belting out tunes in his 80s reminiscent Robert Smith-esque voice and Prince inspired demeanor. Amongst all of their flawless debut album hits like “I’m not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You” and “Making Eyes at You,” (my personal favorite) the band sprinkled in a few of the never-before-heard tunes that are set to be included on their new album.
The locals weren’t the only ones taking in the action. Walter Coker, who is also friends with the band members, drove up from St. Augustine to support his old pals.
Fan Brian Fullford was certainly impressed with the concert, commenting after the show that the Black Kids, “beat the night with a stick.”
Indeed. I think it’s safe to say that Black Kids are back and now officially off of the side of the milk carton.