State of Sound: Orlando Peña & The Midnight Purchase
Being a local musician — one truly committed to the endeavor — means not sitting still for very long. You might see someone playing with a certain group one night, bouncing to a different group not to long after and then ping-ponging like that as they go along.
Orlando Peña & The Midnight Purchase are a good example of that dynamic. Depending on the gig, you'll find Peña playing solo, a two-man setup or — in the case of this State of Sound episode — the full experience. And this one definitely was an experience.
The band dialed up the energy from the jump, filling out their Americana/soul folk sound with rollicking guitars and piano playing off Peña's passionate vocals. It was a set that perfectly illustrated the benefit of experiencing State of Sound live at our Walker's Point studios, although listening to it here isn't half-bad either.