For this year’s Independence Day Celebration, Lamont Landers Band will be playing at 7 p.m. behind Duck Samford Stadium.
Lamont Landers is a native of Decatur, Alabama, and started teaching himself to play guitar at 13 years old and began singing at 19.
When Landers was 22, his sister recorded him playing Ray Charles’ classic hit “Hit the Road Jack” and posted it to Reddit, where it got to the front page with almost 3,000 upvotes and received over 400,000 views overnight.
Landers later formed the Lamont Landers Band and started playing with keyboardist Kevin Canada, drummer Bowen Robertson and bassist Jaraven “Moe” Hill.
The band’s sound is comparable to the Alabama Shakes and St. Paul and the Broken Bones, with a mix of southern soul music, funk and rhythm and blues.
Hill described their music as “a melting pot of sorts. We come from all different types of backgrounds and upbringings and we put it all together and it’s a big gumbo of music.”
Lamont Landers Band performs at a wide variety of venues and events across the southeast, including weddings, private parties, college parties and bars.
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“We cater to audiences of all ages, and I think that’s been a strong point that people can come out with their families and see us play,” Landers said. “We have young fans and old fans alike. We play a lot of older soul so some might be hearing it for the first time while and get along with it while the older people know it and grew up with it so they enjoy it too.”
Auburn's Fourth of July Celebration has a history of featuring bands from the Southeast that play southern-inspired music, like last year’s Reuben’s Bell and the The Answer Band in 2013. The Lamont Landers Band will follow that tradition, known for covering hits from the likes of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and James Brown.
“We love Auburn,” Landers said, and compared it to Tuscaloosa, saying “There’s not so much concrete and it’s more rural and the people there are incredibly nice.”
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