Jaylen Green headlines Spring Concert Series

Rachel Keown-Burke

“Students, if you hear this and you’re not here, you need to be here!”

Jaylen Green headlined the third installment of the Spring Concert Series on Feb. 9, along with singer-songwriter Matt Suarez at Gorton Quad.

“We categorize ourselves as rock, soul and everything in between,” Green said.

Throughout their six-song set, the quad rocked with the self-titled band’s savvy blues undulating against the luxurious velvet tones of Green’s voice.

The four-piece San Diego-based band consists of several musicians from Grossmont College’s music program, having collaborated with one another in various combinations prior to coming together for Green’s project.

Nearly all of the members girdle themselves with numerous genres of music outside Jaylen Green, including jazz ensembles and blues bands. Bassist “Duvall” can be found plucking the upright for the MLK Gospel Quartet, and Green moonlights as the front-woman of a group called “After School Special.”

“I’m really excited about [Jaylen Green] though,” said Green. “It’s my first solo attempt. We’re in the studio right now putting together our first EP.”

You can check out the music of Jaylen Green on Facebook, Myspace and follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/jaylenmusic.

As their set came to a raucous close, singer-songwriter and soft-spoken bluesman Matt Suarez took the stage and brought down the house with familiar, smooth beats reminiscent of Rufus Wainright and Otis Redding. He even wooed the students with eclectic acoustic versions of “Dock of the Bay” and Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”

The Spring Concert Series, sponsored by the Associated Students and Black Cherry Productions, will continue on Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gorton Quad through May 11. Feb. 23 will feature a performance from indie rock band Bridge 22.