Editor's Note: Because of anticipated bad weather, this performance has been moved from the Jessye Norman Amphitheater to the Imperial Theatre on Broad Street. The story has been edited to reflect this change.
Artists Tim Harrington and Paul Wright have gone through a musical evolution.
Before the two began collaborating and formed the duo Tall Heights in 2010, the longtime friends had different tastes in music.
“I was into punk indie, and Paul was a singer-songwriter with music like James Taylor,” said Harrington.
The Boston-based Tall Heights will be in concert opening for Ben Folds as part of the Riverwalk Revival Series hosted by Friends with Benefits on Sept. 1.
Over time, their sound morphed into more of a folk vibe, with Harrington singing and playing the guitar and Wright singing and playing the cello. Recently, they’ve explored another sound and may have found their niche with their newest release, Neptune. One track, Spirit Cold, has been played more than 4 million times on Spotify.
“For a long time, I thought we would continue to stay a folky duo, but we realized we were changing individually and subject to new experiences,” said Harrington. “We’ve divorced from old ideas, and I think that it’s been freeing.”
A lot of things led to this desire to break from old boundaries and spread their wings. Many conversations between the artists as well as the people they’ve come in contact with while performing in other parts of the U.S. and Canada have influenced their sound.
Tall Heights went through a season as street musicians in Boston, doing cover songs and original works. As time progressed, they began to find their own voices, producing their 2015 EP called Holding On.
As street musicians, they relied on a simple constructs for their music, but with Neptune, they’ve been able to augment their own sound by adding electric guitar and a baseline in the song, Iron In The Fire, and synthesizers and drums on Spirit Cold.
Where their musical exploration will take the duo, Harrington doesn’t know.
“What’s so exciting is I used to think I knew, but I’m creating the thing I love today instead of trying to create what I think it should be,” he said.
The concert will be at the Imperial Theatre beginning at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets are available at www.fwbprof.com.