After spending an hour in traffic trying to make it to Warehouse Live for IAmQueenBobbi.com ‘s Rock The Mic Showcase, I was elated that there were so many good performances once the showcase started. There were artists from Austin, Louisiana, and of course the Houston artists represented. Hosted by Brad Gilmore (@BradGilmore) and judged by Kelly (@RiceOwlett), Nancy Byron (@RapPublicist), and of course Queen Bobbi (@QueenBobbi) herself.
I can only speak on the performers that stood out to me good or bad. First up was Shostoppa. If you are from Houston you should automatically know that name. If not then you are missing out. If you are an indie artist and you’re dealing with a small crowd that doesn’t know you or your music, you have to know how to captivate and pull your audience into your music. That is exactly what Shostoppa did. He had an audience that probably didn’t know who he was before tonight screaming his tag #Yayaoo. Subsequently, Shostoppa took home first place in the showcase. But this doesn’t mean he didn’t have any competition.
There were performers that I remember not for their great performances but because I couldn’t wait on them to exit the stage. One was Christian from Louisiana. I have no idea what his songs were about, although I do think I remember an Outkast instrumental. Another was Stoney. I can’t tell you anything about her performance except that I couldn’t wait until it was over.
I like to watch artists that can actually keep my attention musically and visually. DeWayne Jackson (@Dewayne_Wavy) did that for me. I had never heard any of his music before tonight, but his performance kept my attention through his whole set.
There were only two female artists in the competition. Karma Jonez and Stoney. Karma had lyrics and a dope delivery. Her song choices just weren’t good for a showcase. She is definitely a very talented artist and I can’t wait to hear more from her in the future. I didn’t enjoy Stoney’s set at all. Yet, she ended up winning 3rd place.
My next favorite performance was Rob Gullatte. He is definitely a lyricist. I enjoyed his set. He also showed up later in the show on the set of one my favorite Houston artists Express. They performed and killed one of my favorite songs together ‘Revolution.’
Last but not least was Duck. He opened up with Simone Sky singing ‘Killing Me Softly.’ She made a fan out of me with that one performance. Duck then commenced with his set accompanied by C-Lacy. Duck’s set was really unforgettable. I had never seen him perform or heard any of his songs before, but he made a fan out of me tonight. He won second place tonight.
For the artists that performed that I didn’t mention, their performances were either okay or didn’t move me to the point where I could even remember their names.
I applaud Bobbi for throwing a great event and supporting indie artists.