At Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night, River Tiber, Ari Lennox
came to New York City and blew the minds of everyone who attended the show. Not only did they put on a show full of turning up, dancing, and singing, but it was a show made up of three artists who are relatively new and deserve SO much credit. River Tiber, Ari Lennox and D.R.A.M. each have only one or two albums under the belt in the last couple of years and they're all full of hits from start to finish. I left the Bowery Ballroom still dancing around so if you don't know who the hell I'm talking about, I'll explain why you need to get these three artists in your life.
Tommy Paxton-Beesley, aka River Tiber, is a producer from Toronto and has worked with BADBADNOTGOOD, Kaytranada, Ghostface Killah, Pusha T, and more. In 2013, he released his first EP The Stars Fall
and another in 2015 called When The Time Is Right
. But just last year, River Tiber released his first full-length album, Indigo
and now I feel like hes not going away anytime soon. At Bowery Ballroom, River Tiber was joined by his band members and they were all dressed very casual in hoodies, white tees, and jeans. They mostly played songs from Indigo
but threw in older songs like "No Talk" and "Let You Go." There were songs that gave you that hypnotizing feeling - where you stand still in awe - but there were also songs that got the crowd movin'. River Tiber combined his electronic-inspired slow jams with an on-stage enthusiasm that got the whole crowd roaring after each track. River Tiber is one artist that won't go unnoticed this year.
Ari Lennox is so damn mesmerizing to me. Everything about her. She carries herself with such confidence with her unique style and her angelic, sultry, powerful voice has so much soul behind it. Lennox is from Washington D.C. and is signed to J. Coles record label, Dreamville. She has two EPs, one of which, Pho
was released last year and features the smooth seductive crowd favorite "Backseat", which Ari Lennox played to close her set on Saturday night. Another favorite from Saturday night was "GOAT", where she threw every ounce of her sassiness into. With her influences being artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Erykah Badu, Aaliyah, and Whitney Houston - you know you'll be hearing some full, powerhouse vocals thatll make your hair stand on its ends. Im pretty sure I had goosebumps during the whole set on Saturday.
Oh, man, D.R.A.M. He's probably one of my favorite people right now. Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith, better known as D.R.A.M. - which stands for Does Real Ass Music - is from Virginia and isn't your typical rapper. He bends the rules of rap, creates upbeat songs, and throws in a silly lyric here and there and it you cant help but be happy when you hear his music. DRAMs debut single, "Cha Cha" even caught the attention of Beyonce and she posted a video on Instagram dancing to the hit track
. After two EPs, he released his debut album, Big Baby D.R.A.M.
last year, which features Erykah Badu, Young Thug, and Lil Yachty. When he performed "Cash Machine" at the show, hundreds of DRAM paper bills were thrown into the crowd like confetti and during "Cute," the DJ sampled throwback track "Knuck If You Buck" by Crime Mob and the whole crowd turned up ten more notches. There were open water bottles being sprayed through the air during "Cha Cha" and DRAM closed the night a stripped-down piano ballad intro into "Broccoli" but the song picked up, we danced all the way till the last second. Im pretty sure I didnt stop smiling during DRAMs whole set.
From start to finish, Saturday night's show at Bowery Ballroom was one of those performances where I couldn't believe they grouped three incredible acts to perform on the same night. All of them unique, talented and powerful in their own way and all three of them need to be in your life right now.