JMWest LIVE! - JUNE 25, 2013 Showcase Review

Posted by JMWest LIVE on July 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

JMWest LIVE! - JUNE 25th Showcase Reveiw

By Keena Batti

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JMWest LIVE! presented yet another fantastic show on June 25th,t his time on the main stage of the Roxy. This was the three-year anniversary of the independent record label’s monthly showcases, so JMWest LIVE pulled out all the stops.

YouTube sensation Drew Tabor kicked off the evening with her beautiful voice and heart felt original songs. Her opening number, “Santa Monica,” instantly captivated her audience with its simple, yet striking lyrics: “You don’t understand I hate this place/You don’t understand I need my space.” Towards the end of her set, Drew played her YouTube hit, a cover of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” but she ended the evening with her own version of a love song, “Magnetic Heart.”

Singer/songwriter Danielle Erin was up next, taking the stage with an additional guitarist to accompany her. She started off with an original, up beat song that was perfect for summer evening. She then went into a Don Henly cover—“Heart of the Matter”—which took on a whole new, creative vibe with Danielle’s powerful, jazzy voice. Danielle closed out her set with “Get Out of My Kitchen,” a song that really allowed Danielle to showcase her neo-soul abilities.

Following Danielle was soul singer Andre DePriest. Backed by a full band and DJ, DePriest brought a great R&B/funk sound to the Roxy stage. DePriest’s songs, while wonderfully contemporary, still called to mind the Motown music of the 50’s and 60’s. DePriest ended the set with a cover of Musiq Soulchild’s “Just Friends,” the song that inspired DePriest to be asinger.

Then, JMWest signed artist JUSTICE sang her Billboard hit song “By My Side” to continue the anniversary celebrations, once again proving why her song is moving up the charts.

Next up was Russian artist Tatiana Archangel, who took the stage with only a guitar and a percussionist. That was all Tatiana needed to fill the room with beautiful, authentic Russian music, however. Singing lyrics like, “No one will ever hold me like this again,” Tatiana had the whole room dancing and swaying. Despite the fact that some of her lyrics were in Russian, she never lost the audience’s attention, proving that music is an international language.

JMWest LIVE! regular Hannah Anders and the Hannah Anders Band played next. Hannah performed at the very first JMWest LIVE! showcase, and her performance showed just why she keeps getting invited back.  Her high-energy, country songs had the whole room singing along to lyrics like, “Hell yeah, turn it up!” Hannah’s confident stage presence kept all eyes on her throughout her set filled with down-home, country rock music.

Brazilian band MarBella followed Hannah, once again bringing the music of a different culture to the main stage. Their Latin American rhythms fused with samba and bossanova were wonderfully reminiscent of other big bands like Pink Martini. With a singer, classical guitar, keys, drums, anda bass ukelele, MarBelle created a beautifully unique sound for the Roxy audience.

Closing out the night were three Russian-influenced bands, Proseka, Bratana and Long Day Too Short. Their high volume sets kept the energy goinginto the early morning hours and certainly ended the evening on a high note.

June’s showcase was truly a celebration of how much JMWestLIVE has grown over the past three years. We hope to see you all at the next showcase on Thursday August 15, 2013, 7:30PM,  back at The Roxy Theatre mainstage for another night filled with fantastic live music!




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