American Idol finalist Paris Bennett opened the season at Outerland Friday evening. Photos by Susan Safford
It was this past Friday that the sun finally peaked its bright face out from behind the clouds, the wind abated for the first time in weeks and the Island's premier nightclub, Outerland, opened. It must be spring. Outerland, the old Hot Tin Roof, is stationed out at the airport. Its season opened with a rousing program of music and food.
The strong and terribly gifted voice of American Idol finalist Paris Bennett opened the show, followed by the Cape Cod-based R&B, soul, jazz, "dance band sensation," Platform Soul. They were one of the tightest bands to hit these parts in a long time and the crowd of mostly year-round Islanders responded by filling the dance floor.
The funk-rock-jazz-R&B band Platform Soul from Cape Cod had nearly everyone on the floor dancing before the end of their first song.
The restaurant at the Outerland is called Gigs Bistro and has taken over the space on the first level in front of the main bar, which is filled with tables. General Manager/Executive Chef Brad Stevens, formerly of Zephrus, is serving up a menu ranging from fish and steaks to salads and pasta - food with a flare at reasonable prices. Gigs is open Wednesday through Saturday 6 to 8:30 pm. They offer a full menu and a smart wine list. Take-out and the bar menu are available from 6 pm until midnight.
Outerland's first Brazilian party of 2007, Saturday night, was also a success, according to co-owner Mona Rosenthal, "People were lined up at the door, still coming in at 11 pm." Weekends are loaded with entertainment and food from here on out. The season has begun.
Platform Soul's saxophonist, The Poet, blew a mean horn.
Leslie B. handled most of the vocal work for the band including a soulful medley of Aretha Franklin songs.