by Lauren Rosier
On Thursday night, The Voice contestant Luke Wade came to Milkboy and graced the Philadelphia faithful with his musical presence. For those who have never been to Milkboy, it is a small, intimate venue. Fans are able to easily interact with members of the band and/or the artist themselves without any issues. It is a DIY sort of venue with friendly, helpful staff.
The brother of Philadelphia’s Nicky P helped introduce the singer/songwriter to open the show. His musical style was similar to the likings of Jason Mraz and Mat Kearney, but also could bring out the R&B/soul style with a cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony”. Songs like “Let’s Start Tonight” and “Four Leaf Clover” were just so catchy and fun; perfect for a beautiful spring or summer day. “Four Leaf Clover” was written for his grandparents’ 40th anniversary and Homeless” was another awesome jazzy, upbeat track. He closed the set with his amazing rendition of “Pony”.
I don’t care what anyone says, The Voice has found some amazing artists and has given them opportunities they might not have otherwise. Wade’s songs, like the rocking “Dr. Please”, showcase his rock and roll edge and his guitar skills. He threw in some of the songs he sang while on the The Voice like “Try a Little Tenderness”, and he belted out the notes in “Maybe I’m Amazed” and “Thinking Out Loud”. Then there were the heartfelt originals that were just amazing in “Runaround” and “As Long As She Knows” about significant others understanding that one’s dreams and self are a package deal.
Do yourself a favor and if you ever have the opportunity to see Luke Wade and his band, No Civilians, perform live, please do not pass it up. Wade is a world class musician and even more so a world class person. The energy, class, musicianship and appreciation he showed for his craft is incredible and truly commendable.