"JMWest LIVE! - April 27, 2013 Showcase Review" by Keena Batti

Posted by JMWest LIVE on May 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM

On The Rox was packed on Saturday night, April 27th—all to see the amazing line up hand selected for JMWest Live by Jean-Michel Soupraya.

The night started off with one-man act Nominee, whose high energy quickly set the tone for the whole evening. Performing with a tightly arranged background track featuring electronic arpeggios and two part harmonies, Nominee engaged the crowd with his inter-song banter and catchy choruses. His songs, “Welcome To Los Angeles,” “On Top Of The World,” and “Just Tonight” helped prove his parting point—“I am nominee. I always will be.”

Next up was Swiss songstress, Scilla. Backed by a DJ and keyboardist, Scilla’s sassy attitude and spunky lyrics kept all eyes on her. Her self-penned lyrics ( “Maybe I’m mean, but isn’t that what you like about me?” ) showed that this soprano isn’t afraid to be honest—and a little tongue and cheek.  With her cover of Etta James “At Last” and her encore performance of ChristinaAguilara’s “Just a Fool,” Scilla proved that she can put her unique, creative spin on both the old and the new.

Lauren Grace and her band Grace took to the stage next.  Although only a trio—guitar, bass, and drums—their grungy, garage rock filled the whole room with a gritty sound. Lauren’s nicely manicured nails and shiny Telecaster didn’t keep her from keeping things bluesy and rough, playing twangy barre chords and sipping Bacardi in between songs. While her drummer moved to guitar and played some screaming solos, and her bass player skillfully riffed, Lauren moved to the drums for an original take on Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”

JMWest Entertainment signed artist JUSTICE was up next. To the surprise of no one, she sang through her set with complete ease, hitting every note and entrancing her audience with her sultry moves. Hope Easton’s beautiful cello melodies on “Vampire Eyes” and “Feel The Light,” provided lovely low tones to the live performance. JUSTICE’s last song, “By My Side,” got the crowd swaying to its calypso rhythms and reminded everyone why the track is racing up the Top 40 charts and racking up views on YouTube.

Russian band Proseka hit the stage next, filling On the Rox, possibly for the first time, with the Slavic sounds of the USSR. With two guitars, a five-string bass, a talented keyboardist, and a solid drummer, Proseka played some truly Russian tunes, including “Oblaka” and “Farmer’s Blues.”   Proseka was sure to include the non-Muscovites, however, with a unique take on Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”   With a clearly adoring fan-base, Proseka left On The Rox feeling like czars.

Tiffany Anne Jordan closed the night, once again proving that a trio can provide a huge amount of sound and energy.  Tiffany’s catchy lyrics ( “If you want to be my lover, take my hand and help me get better” ) kept the crowd totally engaged and begging for more. Tiffany’s cute style and playful demeanor ( she blew bubbles on her fans! ) was an interesting juxtaposition to this contralto’s deep voice reminiscent of Fiona Apple.

SPOILER ALERT: Next month’s showcase promises to be just as eclectic and exciting as the last! We look forward to seeing you next month, May 25th, at On The Rox!



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