BOSTON–When three musicians from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst started playing music together five years ago, not one of them would have guessed they would come this far. Playing sold-out shows and seeing their names in the bright lights was always something they had dreamed of, but was never guaranteed.
The band members include Stephen Kellogg (lead vocals-guitar), Brian “Boots ” Factor (drums-vocals), and Keith “Kit ” Karlson (piano-bass-vocals). Each member of the group brings his own distinct personality; Kellogg with his witty humor, Factor with his ability to quote any movie made in the past 10 years at the drop of a dime, and Karlson with his jaw dropping dance routines.
Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers always put on an entertaining show, never devoid of laughter, and Friday’s sold-out show at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston was no exception.
The Sixers were supported by their good friends Pat McGee, and newcomer Clayton Senne, who kept the excited audience entertained before the main event.
They kicked off the show with the title track from their newest CD “Glassjaw Boxer.” This song is the band’s declaration that without hard work and perseverance, they would not be where they are today.
Throughout the show, the Sixers let the audience know how thankful they are for their fans. Kellogg said, “This is one of the greatest nights of my life, thank you for making our dreams come true,” the audience smiled, and felt a sense of pride for the music they love.
Boston University student, Sarah Carvalho said, “There is just something about their music that makes you feel special, like they’re telling you a secret no one else knows.”
These “secrets”resonate on songs such as, “4th of July,” Kellogg’s self-proclaimed autobiography, or “In Front of the World,” a song written for his younger brother when he left home for college.
The “Celebrating Five Years Tour” is Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers way of saying thank you to their fans, and this thanks was multiplied by a hundred Friday night when the Sixers closed their sold-out show with a third encore and their very own rendition of “I Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing.