The Howard Theater has welcomed many African American legends to its stage over the years. The prestige of the theater itself is breathtaking. As a young performer trying to make a mark on music culture in the D.C. metropolitan area, the opportunity to showcase your talent in this venue is invaluable.
The Neo Age Showcase, a bi-monthly event displaying the talents of young Soul and R&B artists had their second installment this past Friday, September 4 at the Howard Theater and it was just as successful as the first event. The evening provided beautiful musical stylings from The Amours, Tangina Stone, DeAngelo Redman and Rob Milton as well as live band accompaniment and complimentary samples of Dusse cognac for patrons over 21.
The Amours spread a message of love and soul. They sang a few ballads off of their “Rhythmic Love” EP and even added a splash of 90’s flavor singing some choice hits many of us grew up on. These ladies successfully incorporated Trap, Bossa Nova, Hip Hop and R&B into their set.
DeAngelo Redman, currently rehearsing for his role in “Set It Off” the musical, headlined with some of his original jams as well as covers by Jodeci, John Legend and Justin Timberlake. Redman, who is a former Bad Boy Making the Band television show contestant is currently performing all over the DMV and preparing to move out to Los Angeles within the next couple of months to pursue some new acting opportunities he has been offered. His song choices and vocal talent was a great addition to an already strong line up of artists.
Tangina Stone provides a style of music that is falls in several lanes. She admits her sound does not adhere to one genre but promises everyone can find an aspect of her music that they can identify with. Tangina draws influence from Rock and R&B icons Lauryn Hill, Stevie Nicks, Sade and Jill Scott. Recently signed to Jillionaire’s (of Major Lazer) new label, “Feel Up Records”, Tangina has been touring from coast to coast touching down in cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Philly and New York. Her EP entitled “The Fall” conveys stories of pain and vulnerability. Tangina’s set was eclectic and full of heart and energy. Her lyrics were honest and genuine.
The Neo Age Showcase seems to be bringing the nostalgia of Soul, Funk, Rock and Blues right back home to the Howard Theater. Overall, with the romantic tunes, cognac flowing and gentle mood lighting this event is a perfect date night to say the least. The talent has been carefully handpicked to provide just the right feeling and the audience was definitely satisfied. Look out for the next installment and do yourself a favor and make that the move for the evening. By: Ambre 'MzGreenEyez' Tomlinson (@MissGreenEyez)