Collins Quarter at Forsyth took a break from its popular outdoor concert series during the month of August because of extreme summer heat, but now they are kicking off their Fall series with the return of Laiken Love & Fellowship of Love.
Laiken Love is a highly sought after Savannah singer who has kept busy during quarantine with a string of live and virtual events including shows for Step One Automotive, Hilton Head Lexus and Chatham Parkway Lexus, JW Marriott at Plant Riverside, small private events, weddings, and virtual concerts from home.
"I’ve just been trying to stay sane," said Love. "Business is crawling back up again which is good to see because there are so many people who have been longing to see us or longing for live music and to get out of the house, so it’s been a pleasure to play in front of them."
Love put together her band six years ago. Fellowship of Love started off as a three piece, but since then it has evolved and can sometimes be as big as a ten-piece band.
"It depends on what our client wants," explained Love. "We do all kinds of music from soul to pop, mostly dance music. We do jazz, as well, rock, country, 80s for sure, I love 80s, just feel-good music all around. We adapt to our environment."
For their Collins Quarter at Forsyth concert, Love is going to be backed up by Rufus Bryant on keys, Robert Saunders (of the Eric Jones Trio) on drums, and Darius Shepard on bass.
"They’re all amazing guys," said Love. "I’m glad to have them. They’re just three of the many forces I have to play with."
Love has friends and band mates in Savannah, Jacksonville, and Charleston to draw from depending on her musical needs and what kind of gig it is.
"It’s definitely a fellowship," Love said with a laugh.
And what kind of gig is her Forsyth Park show this week?
"For those types of shows, we’ll start off with a groovy jazz/soul set and it will end in a party scene," said Love.
"We set the tone. We just want to get everybody comfortable, everybody feels good, gets their food to eat, not too loud and intrusive, so they can eat or chat. By that time we’ve warmed up and warmed the crowd up and we’re all ready to party."
With this being Love’s third appearance at Collins Quarter at Forsyth, she is particularly thankful for owner Anthony Debecheny putting on these free outdoor concerts, especially with live music being scarce.
"He’s given a lot of artists a spotlight in town with opening the Collin’s Quarter Cafe and letting more people just enjoy the music and sit out in the park," said Love. "It’s just an added treat to the city."