Kelissa was first up, and the first thing I noticed about her was that her outfit was nothing special. She had on an outfit that most of us would wear to the grocery store or to have coffee with a friend. When she was singing, I understood. Who cares about the accoutrements, when we're all there for the same thing? Music. That was a trend that followed with the other opener and with Chronixx. I liked her songs, and the only feedback I would give is that she either needs to project more or make sure that her mic is hotter when performing. Same thing with the background singers.
Next up was Keznamdi, who lives in Berkeley! He sung with so much passion and furor that he instantly made me a fan. The feeling that these artists were all about their music really shined through during the performances, and Keznamdi's energy was a perfect prelude to the headliner.
Finally, it was time for the king. He emerged doing songs not so familiar to me, but that still jammed. I was waiting to hear songs like, "Rain Music," and my all time Chronixx favorite, "Somewhere." When he got to those... I was definitely yelling (but now louder than the annoying guy next to me lol). What I liked is that he didn't just do the songs exactly the way that they sound on the records. He slowed Somewhere down to almost a ballad. I was upstairs swooning, y'all! Now, normally, when I go to shows with famous folks, I toss one of my cds on stage (hey, no shame in my game). Last night, I was so entranced, I forgot, and jetted right after to get out of the smoke cloud I had been in for the past two or three hours. I would definitely see Chronixx again, and am glad some busta introduced me to him.
Chronixx has a new album out, "Dread & Terrible," available on iTunes, Google Play, and in stores.
I wouldn't say I'm becoming a reggae head, but the same guy also introduced me to Tarrus Riley! Have you guys heard his song, "Superman?" THE JAM! Give me a few more months, I'll be all caught up on this reggae thing...