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