Souled Out at Land-Grant with Parker Louis: Review

By: Alex D.

 Parker Louis trio deep in the groove. Pictured left to right: Jeff Bass (Bass), Justin Campbell (Drums) and Parker Louis (Guitar). (Photo by Alex D.)

Parker Louis trio deep in the groove. Pictured left to right: Jeff Bass (Bass), Justin Campbell (Drums) and Parker Louis (Guitar). (Photo by Alex D.)

From the bounds of natural light and the joyful noise of delighted guests conversing over hopped-up brews, I could tell that Land-Grant was the place to be Wednesday night. I came to see a good friend, Parker Louis, do his thing but was received by an exquisite and welcoming ambience that is Land-Grant Brewing Company.

If you have yet to see Parker Louis live at any number of his gigs around town, have you really experienced Columbus? As a founding member of Forest & The Evergreens, Louis made his name in Columbus as a soulful crooner, and seeing him outside of the context of the funkdafied sets of his previous band is a real treat.

Louis’ current project is a little stripped and a lot more intimate of an experience. For this Land-Grant set, he decided a trio consisting of himself, Jeff Bass on bass and Justin Campbell on drums would do just fine. Whereas the full Parker Louis band consists of three additional background instrumentalists and a keys player.

For any musician playing these types of gigs, simply put, it’s assumed you are the evening’s jukebox.

This is not the case for Parker Louis.

From the start of the set, where Louis and Bass traded licks over a tight funk groove from Campbell, they had the attention of the room. Applauses ensued after each song and jam performed, while Louis and company remained modest and humbled. They continued to fill Land-Grant with sultry sounds well into the night.

If you missed Parker Louis at Land Grant on Wednesday be sure to visit ParkerLouis.com or @_parkerlouis on Instagram to stay up to date with his events!