All-Star Line-Up at BET Music Matters Showcase, Bobby V, Adrian Marcel, Austin Brown, Ro James, Mateo, Curtis Fields, Rico Love
A few of the best and brightest acts in R&B this year, graced the stage last night at BET’s final Music Matters showcase for 2013. Hosted by Rico Love at SOB’s in New York City, the performance series which launched in 2010 as an initiative to highlight emerging artists by showcasing their talents through monthly live showcases and tours, wrapped on a high note.
Sensation, Curtis Fields opened the show with holiday cheer, inviting the packed house to sing “This Christmas” along with him as he played guitar off of an app on his mobile phone. The Epic Records signee, whose performance in New York was his first, closed his set with Joe Cocker’s “With A Little Help From My Friends.”
Raphael Saadiq’s protégé, Adrian Marcel made a dramatic entrance on stage to screaming fans. The East Oakland singer performed “Dope Dealer,” “Killa” and “I’m Still” to a rapt crowd.
Cincinnati- born crooner, Mateo got the crowd rocking and put people in the Christmas spirit by performing his newly released Christmas song, “Home for Christmas” and closed with a stirring rendition of “How Good Is Your Love.”
Singer/songwriter, Austin Brown who performed at our CMJ showcase in October, graced the stage complete with a band, crisp falsetto vocals and impressive dance moves reminiscent of his uncles, who just happen to be members of The Jackson 5. The LA-native was full energy as the crowd swayed along to his popular retro-sounding single, “Ménage a Trois.”
Ro James gave heartfelt performances of “Remind Me of Me” and “Pledge Allegiance” as fans recited the words along with him. Only last year, Ro, formerly known as Ronnie, graced us with his vocals for our Discovery Mixtape #3.
Finally, special guest Bobby V, closed the show. He performed songs off his much-anticipated album “Peach Moon” which dropped earlier this week. Along with his rendition of H-Town’s “Knockin’ Boots,” he performed lead single, “Back to Love” off his latest effort.