needing a little bit of this rum pum pum pum today.
So way back on June 29th, I caught the last show of the “Love and Roots” tour at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Micah Brown started things off right with his California soul-folk sound. This month, he (and I) are anticipating the release of his album, “The Isle of Her.” His bandcamp page features some songs from the album, along with a free download! I have to say, he deserved a lot more credit than what he got as an opener. His name definitely should have been on the bill.
Next came Anuhea, who says that she “thrives off the energy of an audience.” I really enjoyed her spunkiness to get everyone into having a good time. She balanced this energy with a calm aura, though, especially when she played “Mr. Mellow” (her rendition of “Mellow Man?”) Maybe it’s because she reminds me a little bit of my friend Chelsea Smith, but this girl can hold her own around all these big male talents from the island. On a side note, her brother hits the road with her; not on stage, but as the Merch Manager. He started a pretty cool gig called 50th State of Mind. It’s a Hawai’i based clothing company representing the art, culture, music, and lifestyle of Hawai’i. The threads are pretty sweet–check ’em out!
Mishka finished off the show. Although I have seen him live before, it was like my first time because he played with his band. His solo acoustic set was intimate and incredibly mellow. It was an opportunity to see Mishka’s personality shine through true talent. With the band, he was alive. His vocals and dancing were full of energy.
For one night, I was on a tropical island, and my ears led the way.
That rain from the South has reached Jersey today, where there is still no snow to be seen. It’s one of those days when all you want to to is wrap yourself in a blanket and, well, not do much of anything. It’s that kind of feeling you get on a Sunday wrapped up on the couch with family and loves. For me, that feeling usually includes a yearning to beam myself to sunshine. Having never been to Hawaii, my mind escapes there through it’s island music; today I’m escaping through Anuhea’s new jam “Sunday” featuring JP from The Green.
This girl is perhaps the #1 female reggae artist on the charts now. With roots still in Hawaii, Rylee Anuheake’alaokalokelani Jenkins represents soul, pop, r&b, reggae, and acoustic all in one fragile island sound. Quoted from the songbird herself, her “word choices are a clever balance of emotions where each song tells a unique story, each story a lesson learned” (facebook.com/Anuheajams?sk=info). That little island off the coast has a lot of talent and I think this just a little taste of what this gifted chick has to share with us on a rainy day.