Fun fact: Con Brio is a musical direction that means “with spirit” or “with vigor.”

Another fun fact: Con Brio is a musical group playing The State Room on Thursday night.

These two things are not unrelated.

Photo by Amy Price

Young and with relentless energy, Con Brio is a soul-funk-R&B band that answers the question you never asked about what would happen if someone combined James Brown, Michael Jackson and Prince (may they rest in peace).

After taking Austin City Limits by storm last year and generating headlines like, “The Best New Live Band In America?” and “Soulful Powerhouse Con Brio Proves ACL’s Value.” Whoa, right? No pressure, guys.

Here’s where it gets really interesting. Frontman Ziek McCarter, an aerobic force on stage, lost his father in 2011 at the hands of a police officer in East Texas. And as a result the band’s debut album Paradise, which they started recording right after McCarter had a vision of his father, has a social conscious—especially  “Brave and Free,” which name drops Dr. King and Travon Martin in its opening lines. It should be #blacklivesmatter’s theme song.

Thursday September 22, doors at 7 and the music starts at 8, Morgan Whitney Opens. Tickets still available here.