On Friday night, Kingwood proved that it is never too hot to dance. Although the weather was warm and sultry, an enthusiastic crowd was eager to boogie down to the sounds of the Level One Band at the monthly Keller Williams Concert at Kings Harbor.
The band members were the first ones on the dance floor and ready to give some line dance instruction. Taking the lead in the dance department was male vocalist Boudreaux, who was in town “all the way from Las Vegas.” He was accompanied by the sequined trio of Anchris, Narissa and T.C., who proved that they can move as well as they can sing.
The three ladies joined in harmony for the first couple of songs of the concert, including Amii Stewart’s “Knock on Wood,” Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” and Aretha Franklin’s classic “Respect.” Then it was Boudreaux’s time to shine on vocals with the ladies as backup. He was particularly animated singing “My Girl,” duplicating The Temptations’ original swag. He also crooned Lionel Richie’s “Penny Lover” like the real McCoy. The band wrapped up the first set with a rousing rendition of “Proud Mary” which kept the crowd keen on staying around for more.
During the band’s break, Karen Fitzgerald and Donna Barrett represented the Agents at Keller Williams Realty Northeast as the emcees of the show. They thanked the Kings Harbor tenants and Texan GMC for their sponsorship of the band and introduced the guest charity, The Blue Star Mothers Houston Chapter. Led by Co-President Rachel Morales, each Blue Star Mom in attendance announced the name of their child who served in the U.S. military and where they were stationed. Two current servicemen and one retired military man were on hand to help with the charity raffle drawing.
Morales thanked the crowd for bringing supplies for the Blue Star Moms’ care packages. “We send six or seven care packages to our kids and they share them with their buddies,” she explained. “Some of them say: ‘I’ve been deployed ten months, and this is the first care package I’ve received.’ It’s really important to let them to know that they are not forgotten.”
The Level One Band kicked up the disco tunes a notch in the second set. The lady vocalists belted out The Commodores’ “Brick House,” pausing for an energetic guitar solo. Anachris sang solo to “Funky Music,” again taking a breather for the guitars to do their thing.
Boudreaux sauntered back on stage with a mustache painted above his lip, obviously having visited the Keller Williams Kidz Korner. “I’ve been all around the world, but I never got my face painted,” he exclaimed.
Band leader Reginald Wheatley called out from his seat at the drums: “Come on Kingwood, put your hands together.”
Once the audience’s clapping was keeping the beat, Boudreaux threw his hat on the ground and broke into another Temptations’ song: “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.” Reginald continued his banter with the crowd asking, “Do we have any Spinners fans out there?” That was the band’s cue to play “I’ll Be Around” sung by Boudreaux, who by this time had captivated the crowd with his antics.
While Boudreux wiped his face and the mustache with it, the girls in the band turned to Houston’s own Beyonce for some inspiration. They sang “My Baby Boy” followed by “Single Ladies,” which got the women out to dance. Now that the Plaza was packed with people, it was time to do “The Wobble,” a line dance once again led by “Mr. Personality” Boudreaux.
After such a great display of energy, the band elected to slow things down with the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination” to finish out the set with a slow dance.
Following a short break, the eight-member band cranked up the beat once again, performing disco sensation: “Freak Out.” After that song, Reginald Wheatley made sure to introduce his fellow musicians in the band: Jeff Sritmatter on guitar, Mike Hobdy on keyboards, and Terry Jenkins on bass guitar. Then the four vocalists took a last bow as well before the final song of the evening.
The talented Boudreaux took over on keys for an instrumental introduction of the disco anthem: “I Will Survive.”
Anchris, sounding a lot like Gloria Gaynor who first performed the hit, had the audience humming the tune as they
packed up their lawn chairs and headed home after a fun night at the Harbor.