lilD: Local event shows support for music sceneWritten by lilD | | firstname.lastname@example.org
If the good people of Toledo don’t support your artistry, it’s probably because you suck at it.
I hosted an event last weekend and witnessed for myself talented artists put on amazing and well-planned performances for a crowd of believers. At some point during the night, I said to the crowd, “Before you can be national, you have to be local.” They roared with applause.
Tracy is arguably one of the most popular artists in Toledo, and absolutely one of the most popular R&B artists. He put the showcase together and allowed other artists to display their talents as well.
He didn’t grab the most popular artists in hopes that they would draw a crowd; he allowed the sincerity of the event to do all the talking.
How did he promote the event? “’Tracy: Live and Direct’ is an intimate night of selective performers that will stimulate you musically and heighten the visibility on uncovered potential in the city.” Mission accomplished.
We’ve all seen it: the shows where artists perform and it appears that they have a huge group of supporters … but it turns out they have a big family, and they all came to the event. Hey, you’re not fooling us.
You know how you gather fans? By having the confidence to audition your music in front of an audience of strangers.
If that moment when your stomach grumbles, your mouth is dry, and your heart is hesitant doesn’t happen, you need not even perform; you probably know everyone there.
“Tracy: Live and Direct” not only allowed artists to make new fans, but proved that a local artist could bring out a crowd diverse enough to represent the city. There were different races, genders and generations, all dancing, having a good time and appreciating and respecting the artists
who came to showcase their music.
Some people are selfish. Once they become popular, they forget that they too were once begging DJs to listen to their music, hearing “no” more than “yes,” and doubting that they would ever get anywhere.
And because of this fact, it’s more amazing that an artist of Tracy’s caliber would open
his event to lesser-known artists.
Besides Hip-Hop artists Chief and Cuntry, the other performers have only a small scribble as their mark on the city.
Luckily, that’s begining to change.
Poet Huntor Prey opened the show with poetry so powerful, he silenced an entire club until he was finished. Singers Audrey and AyeDee had a 50-year-old dancing with 20-year-olds. R&B artist Two Tone proved that white girls have soul too, and silenced anyone who thought differently. Chief and Cuntry removed everyone from their seats (the few who were left in their seats), and Tracy closed the show with a live band that never missed a beat.
Now that was a show.
Oh, and I did an OK job hosting, too.
The most amazing part of this event was the support shown by Toledo. There were three photographers there making sure the night was captured perfectly. Were they “hired?” No, they believed in the event so much they just came, and like a rapper and his demo, their cameras never leave their sides. Artists who weren’t performing came out simply to have a good time. And they weren’t let down.
So if you still think you can’t make Toledoans come out and show support, the problem probably isn’t with them.