Manifesting at the dimmly lit and intimate setting of La Poisson Rouge in New York City, J. Ivy (@J_Ivy) released his book & CD combination titled Here I Am: Then and Now with a captivating book concert! DJ Twilite Tone (@TheTwiliteTone) warmed the crowd as video clips of J. Ivy’s past work played on the stages twin screens.
Two time Grammy Award winner, Tarrey Torae (@TarreyTorae) then opened the show for Mr. Ivy with a powerful performance of Make Music, from her album The Sweetest Survivor. Torae expressed the soft spot she has for children and sang of taking time to be a child and growing up to make your dreams come true.
J. Ivy entered stage left to applause from fans, with the Chi Town crowd representing as well. It quickly became apparent that J. Ivy draws inspiration from his father and grandfather as he quoted things they would say to him as a young man, “Stay in your lane” and “If you do what you feel, you’ll be felt”.
To pull off the performance J. Ivy gave takes more than talent with words. It takes a dedication to getting it right for your audience. Backed up by his band, Creative FUshion, he blended spoken word format with both strong and smooth production that felt like a music concert, but maintained the poetic flow necessary for the pieces he created. Kudos to J. Ivy on perfecting his delivery!
Not short on story telling, a piece titled Blind Date added a bit of humor to the show, right before he went into a more romantic selection from the album. A Man’s World sample, driven by a powerful violyn, played by Frederika Krier (@frederikakrier) caught my attention, as that may very well be my favorite James Brown track.
Keeping in mind, the show was a book concert, J. Ivy read a couple of pieces directly from the pages, wherein he firmly proclaimed, “…I’m a poet. The beat follows me!” His finale piece for the night was a suitably lengthy poem dedicated to his father crying out that he wishes his dad could have seen just one show.
Near the end of the night the crowd was treated to a cameo by last poets member Abiodun Oyewole who stopped by to show love and support for J. Ivy. His address to the audience came off as a throwback Def Comedy Jam set bringing the crowd to laughs and showing the range of his story telling abilities! You could feel the love rise in the room in the presence of a pioneering veteran poet.
As an encore, J. Ivy topped off the show with his track, Never Let Me Down, with Kanye West.
To order J. Ivy’s “Here I Am” visit: www.j-ivy.com
To order Tarrey Torae’s “The Sweetest Survivor” visit: www.TarreyToraeMusic.com
Live painting by James Shields (@creativeshields) was created over the course of the show! Tweet at him to purchase this piece to hang in your recording studio. Visist www.creativeshields.com for more paintings. Support emerging artists!
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