Halfro exceed expectations with record release show
Halfro | photo by Sameer Rao

The narrow upstairs bar and stage at 3rd and Girard may not be the most intuitive of places to stop in for a weekend concert, but those who packed the room on Saturday night for hip-hop quartet Halfro‘s album release show were rewarded for their time.

The evening took on a celebratory tone as openers The Bul Bey and Verbatum Jones individually toasted the headliners for the debut of Squalor, Halfro’s first full-length release, during their own tight and evocative opening sets. By the time Halfro came on with supporting musicians in tow (including Wilbur‘s Kieran Kriss on guitar), the mood was already set for a great night. Fortunately, the band more than delivered on expectation, bringing the house down with every snare crack, sax wail, and agile 16-bar statement. Check out photos from the show, as well as a video of Halfro, Bey, and Verb performing Squalor cut “Change of Tide, below.

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