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May 25th, 2013 - JMWest LIVE! Showcase Review by Keena Batti

Posted by JMWest LIVE on June 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM


JMWest LIVE took over On The Rox again on May 25th, 2013—and for the last time! May’s showcase artists proved that they have too much energy for the upstairs venue; next month, JMWest Live will be moving toThe Roxy’s main stage!


First up was Columbian artist Daniel Jimenez Afanador, backed by his incredible band. The septet combined an alternative, slightly aesthetic sound with Spanish language influences, creating a uniquely authentic sound.  The band’s guitarist took some solos that showed his talent and added a grittiness to the band’s overall sound. Lyrics like “We all want to be the same/We all want to have a name/We all want to fall in love,” had the audience moving to Daniel and his band mates.


Next, AJ the Kid kept the energy going with his catchy backing tracks and on-point rapping. With his first song, AJ declared, “Hope your speaker’s on, I plan to take them higher”—and he certainly did not disappoint. After getting the crowd completely involved in his lyrics, and even walking into his adoring audience, AJ ended his set by inviting a guitarist onto stage and adding some serious distortion to his sound.


San Diego-based band Danny and the Tramp then took the stage with their feel-good attitude. The guys seemed totally comfortable with each other, playing a new original song in front of an audience for the first time with complete ease.  By the time Danny and the Tramp got to their last song, American Dream, the band had the entire crowd singing along to their catchy, anthemic tune.


JMWest signed artist RuZanna was up next, singing two of her beautiful songs to introduce the “Russians On The Rox” portion of the evening.  RuZanna’s voice seamlessly transitioned between sultry gentleness and unmistakable power, keeping all eyes on her.  Her honest lyrics and slight Kazakhstani accent was the perfect, tender prelude to the memorial that was to follow.


Tatiana Archangel ushered in the final portion of the evening, a loving tribute to former JMWest LIVE performer, Igor Khramov. Igor, who tragically passed away this past March, was respected by all in the Russian music community. In order to pay tribute to his memory, Tatiana, along with several other Russian bands, played some of Igor’s favorite songs, as well assome of his moving originals. From hardcore metal to traditional Russian music,Tatiana Achangel, Afrofena, Proseka, Bratana and Long Day Too Short each, in turn, honored Igor in their own, unique way with their own, unique sound. The audience, filled with Igor’s friends and family, seemed to agree a night filled with music was perfect way to remember a man who truly enjoyed sharing music with everyone.


Be sure to check out next month’s show on TUESDAY June 25th, 2013 DOWNSTAIRS on the main stage of The Roxy!

 

 

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