Playing a retro brand of R&B dubbed Northern Soul, which developed around the Mod scene of late ’60s Northern England, Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites fittingly hail from Northern Ohio (Akron to be exact) and have been developing a following in Cincinnati with frequent shows (something the group has repeated across the region). The group’s infectious, authentic Soul sound has also drawn raves across the pond, in the birthplace of Northern Soul, which is really saying something.
A full-length album is reportedly on its way; in the meantime, fans will have to suffice with dancing their asses off at one of the group’s live shows. Friday’s Cincy show is a great opportunity to do just that — Bright and Co.’s performance headlines the latest installment of the free weekly MidPoint Indie Summer series. Cincinnati bands DAAP Girls, Mardou and Young Colt also perform.
7 p.m. Friday, July 18. Free. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com