SOL Village: SOB’s R&B Showcase


Last night was O So Chic’s night on the town. We ventured to our favorite city – The City – to take in one of its great offerings. Melissa was lucky enough to receive (win!) a pair of tickets to SOL Village at SOB’S (courtesy of Soulbounce) so off we went! SOB’s is a cool spot and we’ve written about a few of their events in the past. (J. Holiday, Teedra Moses, The Cool Kids, Mickey Factz, Aaries).Their monthly event – SOL Village – is touted as “the hottest Neo-Soul/R&B Singer/Songwriter Showcase in NYC” and is hosted by singer/songwriter Eric Roberson aka Erro.

The first performer of the night was Houston native, Page 8577. She began her set with “Holiday” a song dedicated to those who only want to call/text on special occasions. “Don’tcha call me on Halloween/don’t want your pumpkin pie.” was one of the songs cheeky lyrics. She also sang the Curtis Mayfield classic “Pusherman.”

Denaron, another Houston native, was up next. He performed a few songs including “Round & Round” & a rendition of Maxwell’s “Something Something.”

The third performer was the charming Bradd Marquis. With the help of his backup singers, Marquis performed a Sam Cooke gospel classic as well as his own songs “Finding My Way” & the popular track,”Radio.”

The last performer of the night was Chandlar. During his introduction, we were told that the Chicago native sang The National Anthem during All Star Weekend in Phoenix. Last night, Chandlar performed songs from his newest album including “Tear Your Walls Down” a song about breaking down defensiveness & the proverbial wall between men and women and “Lay Down B-Side You.”

The showcase was good but the show stealer was Eric Roberson. His animated and engaging performances between each set were extremely entertaining. He went from holding 20 second notes to doing push ups on the stage. His stage presence was great as was his crowd interaction. The highlight of his antics was when he put the spotlight on a “couple” who insisted that they were “just friends.” To make an already embarrassing situation worse, Roberson sang a rather beautiful, yet amusing freestyle about the friends taking their friendship to a romantic relationship leading to a possible walk down the aisle. Lesson of the night: Do not sit in the front of SOBs with someone you don’t like!

SOL Village was an all around good time. The band – The Collective – was great as well. Their band chemistry was undeniable and they had the crowd jamming throughout the show with their musical selections and playful solo riffs. The next SOL Village showcase is April 15th. Check out the SOB’s Calendar for more info.

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