This past Saturday, June 15, 2017, I was honored to represent TUC at The Night Of Pop event which was hosted by Young Byrd with DJ Jelly on the mix. Walking into the venue, I could just feel positive energy floating around and I could tell that this was going to be a great event.
I got there around 8:45 PM but the event didn’t start till 10 PM. Getting there early gave me a chance to feel out the scene and the vibe. Before the first act came on, DJ Jelly was playing music. One thing that I really liked about his set was that he played a variety of songs that he mixed together to get the crowd energized and talking amongst one another. He played slower tempo music and then mixed it up with some faster tempo music while putting his own spin on it.
After Dj Jelly got us warmed up, the opening act came on. The opening act went by the name of Opyn Mic and he was accompanied by singer Tanae Jackson. The two made for a great duo together and shortly after that Opyn Mic would go into spoken word while Tanae sung in the background. They were so in sync with one another as one didn’t overshadow the other which I thought was great; because, you could really hear the words and get the feeling that they were trying to project onto the crowd. As soon as Opyn Mic got on the stage, he gave thanks to God, which I thought was fantastic because nowadays a lot of artists whether they be rappers, singers, dancers, etc. forget to give thanks to God(their religious preference) right away. His words resonated with the audience a lot, he was talking about a lot of the issues that daily people go through. It was really interesting to get his take on things. He was also very appreciative of the crowd receiving his word and clapping for him. Before he closed off his set, he mentioned that he and Tanae Jackson were coming out with a joint album called PMER which stands for Power Music Electrical Revival.
After the first performance, a rapper named Deuce came on to perform his set. Right off the bat, his energy was through the roof! He told the crowd that his genre of music was “Rap and Roll”, not Rock and Roll! Which I found very interesting. One thing that I will say about him, is that his presence and aura just automatically drew you in. His sound was very unique and unlike anything I ever heard before. The crowd reaction was astounding! He got everyone up from their seats and bobbing to the music. After the end of his set, he mentioned that he has a song coming out with Kap G, who we interviewed last month and was just recently announced as part of XXL Freshman Class. And lastly, he gave out his website which we invite you all to check out.
There were many more performances but there’s 3 that truly stood out to me. The two that I just mentioned and last but not least, John Boy and Surround Sound. This band has an extraordinary sound ! The fusion of all of their instruments sonically was so dope ! If I had to pick any performance to be my favorite I would choose theirs. They gave me a feeling of being in late 80’s early 90’s. The sound was original and soothing.
Overall i’m so thankful that I was invited to this event, it really opened my ears to different forms of expression of art. I would definitely recommend everyone to go the next event with all of the performing acts.