Whitney at The Independent, by Ria Burman
Whitney (photo: Ria Burman)

Monday to Wednesday, Whitney triple-whammied, smooth-grooved The Independent with three consecutive sold-out shows. Possessing a rare air of musical mastery, lead singer and drummer Julien Erhlick serenaded the crowd with vocals, soft and high, while keeping the beat fun and funky. Sweet, soulful shakedowns of brass, keys, and strings, a special guest inducing a jazzy, experimental jam sesh, and the collective feel-good emanating from the music-makers brought Whitney into being, a positively polished and bop-popping band.

Soothing support was given by the powerfully delicate singer-songwriter Julie Byrne, who held the enchanted crowd to attention with rich, gentle vocals.