Review and photographs by Tim Livingston
It felt a bit like a clandestine meeting as we drove around the back of the darkened Basilica in Hudson in search of the mysterious Hangrr 18. Our headlights cut through the light fog that the warm September night produced until we noticed the flashing lights and heard the beat of the music emanating from the single-door opening of the bunker-like cement-block performance space. Hangrr 18 is the spot were Hudson rap prodigy (the still very young) Young Paris, on this his 24th birthday, chose to hold the CD release party/performance for his latest rock/rap/R&B project Black N Gold and the band’s new album “Pet The Lights.”
Earlier in the evening, Paris hosted an all-ages meet-and-greet reception at the Armory in Hudson, where they played songs and videos from the album, but this later event was where we would see the full band perform live for the first time. It was a DIY affair, and the whole scene had a cool underground feel to it.
Some people lingered outside in the warm night air, but as we entered the room a little after 10pm, it was in full dance-party mode. Paris attracts a diverse crowd from all walks of life and age groups, and they were all represented on the floor. It was a loose, fun party, going on both inside and out, until 11pm when the band got ready to hit the stage, and the room filled up in anticipation.