On February 20th, I had the pleasure of attending “The Grand Rapids Showcase” hosted and organized by the beautiful Shay-Lynesse. This night and event was dedicated to showcasing talent from across the city of Grand Rapids. At the moment, Grand Rapids has a thriving local music scene in a variety of musical genres. This event was very personal and special, because it was about true talent and art, rather than a hype-drug fueled show. The Grand Rapids Showcase took place in the East Hills Business District at the well respected, Richard App Gallery. The Main/East Gallery is where the musicians performed and this area boasts 1300 square feet. The event brought in a wide variety of people from different ages and backgrounds.
If you’re at all involved in the local music scene, you’ll know the flyer was stacked with talent from the 616. The bill included KYD KANE, MONDO, Lusso Brown, Shabazz, Yaijah K, BAMFOMANIA, and Tasha MaCK. The most incredible part of the show was how talented every act was, and the support they received from the crowd. The crowd was wildly accepting of every performer. This event really created a sense of positivity and support from the Grand Rapids community to those brave enough to perform.
My top three favorite performers were MONDO, Tasha MaCK, and Shabazz. I had never heard of MONDO before this event and chatted with him before the show without any knowledge he was a performer. Once MONDO grabbed the mic, everyone in the room was all ears. The youth were getting extremely amped up and energetic from his performance. I even caught some old heads in the back bumping along with every bar. After his performance I asked him how the show went and he said, “The show went great and I loved the energy.” He followed that with informing me of his upcoming show March 4th at the Death House,
After a short intermission I was able to squeeze to the front with my camera and capture Tasha MaCK tug the heart strings of every listener in the room. Her performance was TV worthy, so if you haven’t heard of her yet listen before it’s too late.
Last but not least was Shabazz, the event closer. I know from multiple experiences that “Bazz” knows how to shut down a venue and this was no different. After the show I asked Shabazz about the experience and he said. “The crowd showed great energy and it was a lit performance. Its always reassuring to see all the people getting down to the music and vibing out.” This was one of three performances Shabazz had scheduled for the month. It’s safe to say Shabazz is always scheming and working.
Overall, this was one of the most intimate shows I’ve attended in Grand Rapids. The emotions and environment shared in this space was a great experience for anyone involved. The energy was incredible and the room was filled with support and positivity. I cannot wait for future events hosted by Shay-Lynesse and I highly suggest anyone reading this attends as well. Be sure to watch the recap video and audio cast!