I had the pleasure of going to The Singer Songwriter Showcase at Kilmat Music Lounge in NYC on March 31st. It was hosted by The Set NYC, and sponsored by Enterprise Car Share.
Kilmat Music Lounge is a cozy spot located at 77 East 7th Street between 1st and 2nd. The bar serves homemade hot wine, a signature drink of wine with a blend of mulled spices, and is a real home for up and coming artist.
The event is entirely for networking purposes. It provides an incredible outlet for new artist to meet other artists and get their faces seen. The first hour was spent chatting on the upper floor with other entertainers. Pim, who owns the lounge, greeted me and sent me to chat with the Enterprise Car Share representative. There I was able to sign up for a free year of car share services, and get a gift card of my choice. I chose Whole Foods.
We all shuffled downstairs later in the evening to enjoy the entertainment. The downstairs is a dimly light lounge area with fold out chairs creating an intimate space to watch the performers. Pim, a former comedian, let me know that he started hosting these events in an effort to help the artists branch out and get exposure. As an artist myself, I found this very comforting. It is an event for artist to support fellow artist. Pim also holds open mic nights for comedians at the lounge.
The show opened with Mentalist and Magician Brandon Williams, who wowed the crowd with some amazing tricks that required some seriously impressive psychic ability. The first of the two singer songwriters was Bri Lobue, a fellow Jersey girl with a flare for pop rock with a twang. Her voice is smoky, and her acoustic set ranges from sweet, sassy, and beautiful. Bri engages her audience. This music is personal.
The most impressive thing about Bri is that she writes her music with careful attention to detail and true passion. Her songs are inspired from all parts of her life as she explained through out her set. Of all the songs she played I loved Norine’s Song. This is a deeply heartfelt song written from the perspective of a family friend’s husband who lost his battle with cancer.
Upon speaking with Bri, one notices that she is a magnetic and charming young artist, eager to make a name for herself in the music world. She is definitely someone to listen to and look out for. I am so glad she game me a CD instead of a business card. Here is a link to her website. http://www.brilobue.com
The last act of the night was Josh Tobias. Josh is your average dude who lives in Brooklyn and wears RayBan glasses, who also happens to be a talented beats mixer with a gift of songwriting. Josh is a musician of many sounds. He began his set with some of his mixed R&B tracks that could easily find a home in the hottest warehouse party to the newest club. His R&B tracks are Prince-esque and his voice is smooth.
He then whipped out a guitar and showed the crowed a softer side, and chased that with a comedic song that might offend some. Like Taylor Swift, Josh also pulls inspiration from relationships he has had, or at least that was the theme of the songs he preformed for us. Josh is a witty guy who often humored us in between songs.
In my opinion his true strength lies in his comedic talents. His finale song was reminiscent of a track you might hear in an episode of HBO’s Flight of The Concords. I can’t wait to see where he will be headed next. Take a listen to Feel All Over on his Sound Cloud page @ https://soundcloud.com/joshtobias.
All and all the event was nice for a Monday night. I wish to see two things for the next event. More acts and a bigger audience. This is a great platform for new singer/songwriters to debut their work, and audience members to enjoy a good evening of music while supporting local talents. There is a $5.00 cover and a one drink minimum, but it is totally worth it. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming events at Klimat Lounge. http://www.klimatlounge.com and support the various events from NYC artists through The Set NYC http://www.thesetnyc.com/.
*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for our entry. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*