It was a laid-back, fun, and chilled kind of environment with great performances ahead. And yes, I am talking about the ATL Live Event at Park Tavern. Not even scorching heat and humidity was enough to stop people from coming out to see artists like Netta Brielle, Mathai, and The Tony Rich Project Tuesday night. Cameras were ready, artist were showing, and ACTION! The media frenzy was capturing any moment available. Although these performers were being seen through the eyes of a lens, it did not take away from their down-to-earth attitude. This made the vibe even more at ease, followed along with good food and music! The event was hosted by Kenny Burns and DJ Trauma kept the crowd jumpin’ on the one’s and two’s. Let’s not fail to mention the wonderful sounds of the Teddy White Band. Now they really had the crowd jammin’.
First off, was the talented singer, songwriter, and dancer, Netta Brielle. This Oakland, California native influences stem from the R&B influences of the 90’s. Brielle talks about the 90’s period in an exclusive interview I was able to capture after her performance. Brielle had no problem explaining her intent with her music. When asked about her views of the 90’s and how it is reflected in her music, she said music is missing that “raspy, tomboyish, and transparent style.” Brielle revisits the 90’s style during her performance. She started out with her edition of Mint Condition “Pretty Brown Eyes” off of her new mix tape, Will You Go With Me. She successfully caught people’s attention and had the entire audience rocking to the familiar tune. Brielle ended her set with her new single “More to A Kiss.” The name of this song alone should be enough to motivate you to check it out for yourself. It’s great track with great lyrics. Check it out!
It’s clear to see that music is definitely in the cards for Mathai. She was the next artist up to perform as she blessed the audience with her lovely jazzy, soul-try, voice. The Indian songstress performed several songs from her upcoming album–which has not been released yet—including her newest single, “A Girl like Me.” She also did a cover of my favorite song, by Justin Timberlake, “Little Pusha Love Girl” which really had the crowd moving. The girl can really SANG! For those who do not know, Mathai comes from a family that focuses heavily in academics. So just imagine how slightly uncomfortable it was for Mathai to accept her decision to add music into her goals of getting a medical degeree. While interviewing Mathai, she spoke truthful words that can be applied to anyone’s life. She said, “If you’re meant to do something, it will present itself without even trying.” Go ahead and meditate on that one right there! Mathai goes on to say that whatever decision she makes—whether it is to pursue medical school or music—it will be the right decision. Let’s hope that is music. This girl is “gifted” and everyone knows gifted goes beyond talent.
The Tony Rich Project was a nice ending to the list of performers. Mr. Rich has an impressive resume when it comes to his music. Here’s a brief summary:
Tony Rich began his career working as a staff writer with LaFace Records in 1993. He wrote songs with big name people like Toney Braxton and Boys II Men just to name a few. He later won an award in for Best R&B album in 1997. As he mentioned in his interview, Tony never stop creating music. As a matter of fact, Tony has recorded over six albums including his latest album, Speak Me. So now that you know a little more about Tony’s history, let’s talk about the performance.
Tony glazed the stage with his song “Like A Women.” Later I found out in an exclusive interview with Tony, that women are the main inspiration behind his music. He definitely had the ladies attention. The audience, once again, was singing on word from word on his hit single “Nobody Knows.” The perfect ending to a perfect night.
Please hear me out music lovers. The ATL Live Concert located at Tavern Park, is an experience you do not want to miss out on. You get the best of both worlds; great performances with a chilled and sociable environment. If you do not believe me, go and see for yourselves!