Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Recap: The Jaspects @ Joe's Pub NYC feat. Brittany Bosco and Kimberly Nichole

I had to make a weekend trip to the Big Apple for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (leaving the recap to one of The Glass House's style experts) and to catch Atlanta's The Jaspects at Joe's Pub hosted by Soulfyne, Homebase NYC and Briclyn Entertainment (word to The Couch Sessions). If you've never been to Joe's Pub and think that this is actually just a rinky dink bar in NoHo (do those even exist in that part of town?) then, much like myself, you'll be pleasantly mistaken. Set inside of The Public Theater, Joe's Pub is a live performance space and supper club that has served as a relaxed, yet classy establishment since 1998. From David Byrne to Alicia Keys to Harvey Fierstein to Bebel Gilberto, they've hosted at least one of your favorites with more to come for sure. Ok back to The Jaspects - I learned of them a while back after watching an episode of The Kenny Burns Show, which I actually posted a few months ago. I was totally blown away by these guys for the few seconds that I saw them perform their joint "Unifunk" from their debut album Double Consciousness
. Describing their sound as "a fusion of Hip Hop and jazz without compromise", The Jaspects are guaranteed to kill any stage they set foot on.

Accompanying them on the bill were two other shining stars based in Atlanta, Brittany Bosco and Kimberly Nichole both of whom have had releases within the last year that are certified to cause a shift in the dynamic of Soul music. I've been following Brittany, who's also reppin' Atlanta by way of Savannah, since last winter and listened to the Spectrum EP for at least a month straight after copping it. I would have described her voice as emotionally chameleon-like, big and bold when conveying strength yet delicate and moving when singing of happiness, love and loss. She can even switch it up a few times within the same song...

Saturday night was my first time hearing Kimberly Nichole and by the time she came on stage I thought there was some kind of Atlanta Soul Music tour going on that night. The Seattle native who has been calling ATL home since her time at Spelman College brought a beautiful noise to the stage that evening. She kicked her performance off with a tribute to the late King of Pop by doing a cover of "Dirty Diana" that sounded like it came from the depths of her soul. Singing with the heart of many and moving like an expert at the art of seduction, Kimberly Nichole came hard on each song and maintained until the end of her set...

A night of eclecticism and flavor, from the audience to the venue to most importantly the music, this show was an amazing added and very appreciated touch to this NYC trip. You have to check for all three of these artists because they'll give a boost to your daily music rotations.


soulfyne said...

thanks for coming out - great review


Ms. Shi Shi said...

Thank you so much for the lovely article and attending! ;-)

Anshia B. Tull
Briclyn Entertainment

Sonya said...

You're both very welcome and thank you for putting together a dope show!