Soho, Tribeca, 3 H**s, SUMMER TRIFECTA!
On Sunday July 27th Flo Sounds presented Summer Trifecta. The event was co-hosted by Underground Founders and the donations went to Junior Achievement of New York. Flo Sounds and Underground Founders are two up incoming ventures focusing on providing platforms for the underground community. Based in New York City and Syracuse, NY, these two companies came together to host a memorable showcase.
If you haven’t been to Tammany Hall as of yet, make sure you head out there. It is the perfect place to catch a chill vibe while enjoying live entertainment. The atmosphere had an interesting mix of serene and hype, of course with the help of the wonderful DJ Ricci Steez on the ones and twos. Of course you know he had to play New York City's anthem, "Hot N****," a few times so that everyone can hit their Schmoney Dance.
From smooth r&b to funky pop to lively hip hop, the Summer Trifecta showcase provided its audience with a diverse lineup of talent. The show opened up with young artist Stevi Jewel. Her performance consisted of memorable covers which excited the crowd. Her rendition of "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse got some eager audience members to join her on stage. Syracuse University was well represented in the crowd, as three graduates were performers that night: Huey Cal, Guy Harrison, and Brad Hester. And if you don’t know anything about SU, you know its school spirit transcends from the university’s campus. The great thing about showcases is that not only so these acts get to show their talent to a different audience, the artist themselves are able to interact with others in their industry. It is a great way to meet and exchange with other creatives in New York City, and you know New York City is full of amazingly talented people. Outside of New York City, they had artists from Chi-Town show us how they get down. London Lo blessed the audience with her beautiful soulful voice and a rendition of “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. Being Rafeeq’s first big performance, he was able to set the audience into a different zone with his music. For more R&B sounds, Devin Tracy, a BET Music Matters artist, gave the audience some acoustic covers alongside singing his latest single, "Sunshine." Amalia Watty, a funky singer from the sunny island of Anguilla, emitted a Macy Gray-ish feel with her performance.
Of course the two headlining acts killed the game on stage. Topaz Jones provided us with that funky, soulful hip hop sound we all love. His tall stature and long dreads commanded his audience’s attention alongside his vivacious dance moves and ear provoking lyrics. The New York City native, Dyme-A-Duzin hyped up the crowd with his burst of energy performing songs like “Body on Me” announcing his release of his long awaited project Hip Hope, which releases later on this month.
Summer Trifecta was a night to remember: great vibes, chill people, talented performers, and awesome venue. Make sure you go check out Underground Founders and FloSounds for more information on the artists who performed that night.
By: Raven Irabor
Summer may have begun on June 24th, but today is the official first day of summer with our Live DNDY Summer Playlist.
Summer is all about liberation, long nights, concerts, summer romance, festivals, color, and did I mention CONCERTS? It is the best time to show some skin and show the world who you are! This compilation of songs will not only allow you to do some self- discovery, but you will also discover a plethora of really amazing underground artist. With multiple genres being intertwined in this playlist, you’ll definitely be able to pump up the base, find love, and do some soul searching all at the same time.
My favorite songs on the list has all of me wanting to live everyday, fix my bad habits, update my style, and wake up to a kiss for breakfast every morning. If you haven't gotten it by that previous sentence, here's a break down of my top five songs on the playlist:
My Style: If you are big hip hop fan from New York City, then you understand the struggle of wanting to hear music on the radio that represent our city. Troy Ave, a rapper from Brooklyn, took it upon himself to remind the masses of the beautiful sound of a New York City summer. This song has enough groove to play at a family barbecue and enough bump to request it at your next house party. It features Lloyd Banks, and if you are unfamiliar with him, his style breathes New York City hip hop.
Everyday Living: Remember the days of Tumblr fame? Justine Skye took it upon herself to capitalize off her Tumblr fanbase and promote her music. Newly signed to Atlantic Record, Justine released this song off her EP called Everyday Living. To many, summer time is equivalent to grind season and this song adds a youthful, reflective spin to a hustler's anthem. In the summer everyone wants to be able to enjoy life, live out there dreams, and make some money, why not do it with "Everyday Living"
All of Me (Reggae Remix): I'm pretty sure you are familiar with the original "All of Me" by John Legend. That song is hands down the most beautiful song that has hit the radio this year. Reggae artist, Jah Cure, decided to put his spin on it and he did an amazing job. On top of the romantic lyrics of the song, the smooth reggae vibe allows you to imagine yourself at a tropical beach with your significant other. How is that for summer love?
Kisses for Breakfast: The UK songstress, Melissa Steel, teams up with dancehall artist Popcaan. It is always great to see different parts of the world working together to make feel fun, feel good music. The song alone has listeners craving for a cute summer romance, add that up with the tropical visuals of the song and may be able to find yourself a summer boo.
Habits (Hippie Sabotage Remix): There aren't that many songs that have more successful remixes than the original. Hippie Sabotage's remix has more than double the amount of YouTube views than the original song. What Hippie Sabotage adds to this song is a majestic, reflective yet also trippy element to the song. Lie back on your roof, sit by a lake, or chill at the beach and use this song to reflect on all your "bad habits" this summer.
So plug your phone into your sound system and cruise into the warm summer night with the LiVEDNDY Spirit of Summer Playlist 2014
By: Raven Irabor