The Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center will present Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils in concert on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.
Evans formed the group in 2009 to support the release of her second solo album, My Little Bodhisattva. The sextet’s musical virtuosity and ability to blend jazz, soul, funk, and blues helped them establish a loyal following as they performed at clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout New England.
While various members of the original band have occasionally played together under the group name over the years, this concert will mark the first appearance of guitarist Jason Ennis with the group since 2011, the same year the group’s album Hot Club: Live at the Vermont Jazz Center was released.
In addition to Evans on lead vocals, other original band members performing at Hawks & Reed will include Miro Sprague (piano), Michael Zsoldos (saxophone), and Conor Meehan (drums). They will be joined by bassist Marty Jaffe, who has performed with the band frequently.
“We don’t take these opportunities to perform together for granted,” Evans said in a news release. “Each member has found success with their own projects since that time. Many now have families, too! We’re so excited that we could schedule this show and are looking forward to playing for our fans.”