Kick Off the Weekend with Mayer Hawthorne at Terminal 5 on Friday

June 22nd, 2016

Some people use the method to figure out their porn name, but Andrew Mayer Cohen, raised on Hawthorne Road, added his middle name to that of the street he grew up on to become the soul singer Mayer Hawthorne. He’s most influenced by Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson and the legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland writing team, but Hawthorne is much more than a singer and writer. In fact, he’s also a producer, arranger, audio engineer and a DJ, plus he plays a variety of instruments and has even been known to rap. His soul music began as a goof, but the ’60s- and ’70s-style R&B tunes were no joke and eventually led him to Stones Throw Records. His fourth studio full-length, Man About Town (stream it below), came out two months ago. “There aren’t many people who can pull off what Mayer Hawthorne does best these days as well as Mayer Hawthorne does it,” according to PopMatters. “It fills a very real void in an increasingly crowded and grossly jaded pop music world. It is, in essence, important work.” And AllMusic adds: “From front to back, Man About Town is a real pleasure, and it’s pretty hard to get too much of that.” A dynamic live performer, Hawthorne (above, doing “Love Like That” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!) makes his way to New York City to play Terminal 5 on Friday night. Local singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano opens the show.