Black Taxi and The Modern Electric @ Beachland Tavern – July 12
There’s no doubt about it, Cleveland, Ohio is drawing the attention of independent rock and roll acts from the coasts. Thursday night brought the culmination of one such musical tryst when Brooklyn’s hottest act, Black Taxi, laid down their raucous, harmony-laden, dance-punk explosion at Cleveland’s Beachland Tavern. This gig was a culmination of a NYC to CLE collaboration that featured this Brooklyn based four-piece in a dual-bill with local Pop phenoms The Modern Electric.
With the crowd fired up, Black Taxi opened their set with the dance-pop single Friend, a track recently featured in a radbadical “live from” music video filmed at the awesome performance space at Bad Racket Recording Studio in Cleveland’s youthful Ohio City district. With a commanding presence, vocalist Ezra Huleatt dominated the performance from the very first note by unleashing a continuous flow of high energy stage antics and dance moves that could barely be contained by the small Tavern stage.