The 2013 New Music Seminar is off to an electrifying start, after the Opening Night Red Carpet Event last night at Webster Hall in New York City. Headlining the performances was the eight-piece brass sensation The Soul Rebels, who had the entire venue dancing to their soulful rhythms.
Also performing in the Grand Ballroom was Ahmir, the #1 most popular R&B group on YouTube. Their four-part R&B harmonies were a huge hit. Next up, Evitan, the hip-hop duo featuring Dres of Black Sheep and Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest, brought their powerful and addictive sound to the stage. Buzz band 2AM Club really got the party going, delivering their high-energy performance to the New York City crowd. New Orleans rockers Baby Bee followed, showcasing their Southern sound and remarkable guitar solos. Making an appearance during The Soul Rebels set was masked DJ Mystereo, who danced on stage with the band and then continued his signature moves on top of the bar for the crowd.
Fans also got to see the three ‘Artists On The Verge’ finalists perform. Catey Shaw, an indie pop/rock singer/songwriter, was joined by her three-piece female band for an intimate performance that included a captivating cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”. Air Traffic Controller delivered good-natured indie rock with a folksy twist, featuring both male and female vocals and soothing violin parts. Hip-hop artist Sam Lachow brought his unique and energetic personality to life through his crowd-raising beats and rhymes, and was joined on stage by guest rapper Raz Simone.
Attendees also had the chance to sample headphones and speakers by award-winning audio brand Bang & Olufsen. B&O Play stations transformed the top floor of Webster Hall into an engaging experience which let fans navigate the space via hearing and movement.
Attendees also got to see Tom Jackson’s Live Artist Overhaul. Jackson, a prolific live music producer and founder of OnStageSuccess.com, shared his wisdom and guidelines for performing as well as insight about the dynamic live music industry. Preaching the importance of being a great performer, Jackson offered stimulating and motivating tips for improvement. “People buy moments, not songs,” he said. “Your job is to create a moment, and the first step is to create a vision for your performance.” Jackson also gave constructive feedback after an enjoyable performance by Brooklyn native Krissy Krissy.