Gallery: Lauriana Mae w/ Ronnie "RO" James, & Lance Drummonds @ SOBs
Feisty, retro-soul popstrel Lauriana Mae made her debut on P. Diddy's "StarMaker" talent show a couple years back, covering Duffy's "Mercy"—and now plugs her new EP for Atlantic, Love Mae. The artist packed in a full house of trendsetters, industry executives, and music lovers last night as she performed on her first ever headlining show at SOBs. The opening acts, which consisted of Ronnie "RO" James and Lance Drummonds, both served up a spectacle. Ronnie, the first artist to hit the stage, started off the party with an intimate cover of Radiohead's "Creep", while also diving into his original song "Be Better". After a hard act to follow, Lance Drummonds hit the stage with a sensual piano-induced performance of a few of his original songs off his album "Time and Space", which led to an original rendition of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal", and Babyface's "Whip Appeal".
Despite some minor technical difficulties the crowd eagerly laughed along with the host of the night, music producer Kwame (Mary J Blige, JoJo, LL Cool J). After several years under the guidance of her musical mentor Kwame, and now recently signed to Atlantic Records, Lauriana Mae made her grand headlining entrance with her band "The Pains" in full support. She rocked the stage with a Haute Hippie hand-sewn bolero with a ruffle skirt, 6-inch Christian Louboutin high-heels, and a vintage flapper-style crystal headband, made possible by the styling guru Kendrell (K. Michelle, David Banner). Armed with cocktails, you were able to hear the audience sing along to the songs off her "Love Mae" EP. However, she hit her fans with a curve-ball after she started performing unreleased content which included "Dark Horse", "My Guy", and "Bring Me Back My Car". The energy in the building peaked when she came back on stage for an encore performance of her latest track "Georgie".