Do the ladies run this mutha? Hard to argue otherwise Saturday night at 529 where eight female artists battled it out onstage at the first monthly Perfect Attendance showcase of the new year. A packed house of loud supporters braved 20-degree temps outside and post-NYE hangovers further proof that Atlanta has seemingly become the breeding ground for developing female talent in the past couple of years.
"This is a celebration of women in music," show host Dres declared between acts. "Make some noise for some girl power in this muthafucka!"
The crowd abided as the ladies rocked (and hip-hopped and dance-popped and electro-funked and straight-up R&B'd) the joint. In the end, crowd response and the opinion of judges (of which I was one) helped determine the winners. After a three-way tie between Iyana, Khaos da Rapper and Corrine Stevie, Iyana won in the rap category. And after a tight tie between singers Richelle Brown and the Dolldaze, Richelle pulled it out. (See what the winners won.)
Below the jump are my leftover iPhone notes taken while judging the show. While I was familiar with a few of the acts, it was my first time seeing the majority of them live. So these were my initial reactions while under the influence of a few lite beers.
(Random plus signs represent my ranking of a performance on a scale of one to ten.):
lyric jones ++++++
song title: "Swexy" (swag + sexy)
polished r& b
reminds me of monica's onstage charisma
song title: "NSA" (no strings attached)
but hood tho
nice bumpn ass track at end
from nj/ny area
singin on top of crazy beats
"let me b yo lectric funky girl/
bring u to my world/
show u how i swirl"
rockin the chunky, funky afro
sounds like a 2010 "planet rock"
dancin her ass off in the crowd
biggest crowd reaxt so far
(nice lil impromptu bosco/dres interlude speakin of, when is Bosco performing again??)
dolldaze is sick
song title: "let it blow"
sounds like she got a portable mariachi band n her back pocket
looks like her grandmas on drums, killin it tho
im counting the veins in dd's neck
she's a banshee
fuck it, im skippn church tomorrow
"i feel the moonshine and the patron shots" she tells crowd
rockn the plgd n guitar
song title: "the hard way"
damn she kilt itt
(dres works the crowd like dat jonin ass kng of comedy, DL Hugely)
iyana's so cute that nothing else really matters
plus her tshirt says 'textually active'
"u playin russian roulette witcha body/
like oh my god he's a hottie" ... as she throws condoms out
the crowd empties out post-iyana/i.e. she rolls deep
stahhr got them similes/ metaphors/punchlines:
"sweeter than a petifore..."
"feelin me like a mammogram..."
"word to my ovaries..."
eatin all my vegetables/
wet when i'm sexual/
star is delectable"
no competition, lyrically
corrine announces its the year 3010 b4 droppin "Grace Jones"
crazy electro bass production by some Australian dude, she says
rockn the baldy and the painted-on face mask
"relationships r similar to a game of battleships"
damn, over too quick
In the end, I left impressed with both the acts and the bill as a whole. Perfect Attendance co-organizers Fadia Kader and SMKA Productions deserve mucho kudos for putting together a lineup that defied categorization and introduced some real gems to a wider audience. That's exactly the kind of cross-pollination Atlanta needs more of. Be on the lookout for a totally different Perfect Attendance set on the first Saturday of next month at 529.
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(Photos by Dustin Chambers, except photo of Iyana by Kendrick Daye)
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