Roi and the Secret People have had a big 2016, marked by high-energy performances throughout the Lehigh Valley. Saturday night at The Funhouse in South Bethlehem was no exception, as the Easton-based quintet ended its year on a positive, once again proving why they are one of the region’s most exciting rock acts.
RSP was supported by The Roux, who have been making their own impact on the scene as of late. Last night’s Funhouse show was the trio’s second performance of the night, as they performed an earlier gig at Catasauqua’s Unicorn Theatre on a twin bill also featuring Pentley & the Lucid Dreamers.
Arriving in Bethlehem in time to kick things off at The Funhouse, The Roux performed a mellow, rootsy mix to begin our late-night musical journey, marked by soulful guitar work and the vocal talents of members Mike Swiger, Bill McConney, and Dave Deubler — who notably closed the set by lending his rap chops to a fun, stripped-down take on Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.”
Roi and the Secret People took over shortly before midnight, filling the room with its big sounds and even bigger personality, brought forth by the charisma and stage presence of frontman Mike Roi. Throughout 2016, Roi has used live performances not only to play music, but to engage the audience in the stories told by his lyrics and supported by the unique and versatile talents of his band. From the grit and groove of songs like “Late,” to the simple, poppier beauty of newer singles like “Phoenix,” RSP once again seamlessly moved through its set to create a robust listening experience.
We look forward to seeing Roi and the Secret People again in 2017, when they plan to release (and surely, support) a new EP, “Truck Stop Sushi.”