Power up was the reigning theme over DC this past couple of days as The Electric Lady Janelle Monae & The Wondaland Arts Society invaded and elated. Anyone unable to attend Janelle’s sold out show at the Lincoln Theatre last Monday, but was able to attend The Wondaland Arts Society’s Deep Cotton’s (featuring Roman Gianrthur) Runaway Radio: Fixtape #1 album release will boast that they definitely had the better time! Now for those fortunate enough to attend both, surely their brains are still scrambled from the overload of musical genius that was witnessed. Whew that was a mouthful, but such was the evening as a whole at DC’s Liv entertainment venue. The long anticipatory wait in line outside proved well worthwhile once the crowd assembled indoors and became acclimated to the intimate atmosphere coupled with blaring jams of various genres of music spun by a house DJ. After a while things really got going once members of The Wondaland Arts Society began emerging on the wing of the stage. Jovian “Jovi” Zayne then took to the mic to further hype the crowd and was soon joined by Janelle herself. Warm greetings followed Jovi's proud pleasure of announcing her brother and awesome artist Roman Gianarthur. Roman has the makings of an altruistic legend. He’s more than eye candy with a descent voice and a fondness for attention. An accomplished composer, arranger, producer, and performer are credits to his name that simply must be experienced live. In a world where carbon copies are eagerly mimicking the pillars of music, Roman’s taking more than a day to build upon his own unique form of artistry that taps into the core essence of the greatness of such pillars as Stevie, and Donny and Billy. The finishing product is great music with a familiar feel. New school lyrics wrapped in old school grooves best describes Roman’s music. His performance of his future hit single I-69 definitely pleased the crowd. “Since about 6 years old.” Was his response when asked about how long he’s been a musician, “Man I just really love music, it’s my passion.” And there is no doubt about that.
No matter how prepared anyone may have thought they were for Deep Cotton, they were incredibly mistaken. The dynamic duo fronted by Chuck Lightning and Nate "Rocket" Wonder took the stage in a world wind of sorts that literally blew one of the amps 5 minutes into their set! This certainly did not stop these formidable funkers as they charged on rocking out song after song on their much anticipated Runaway Radio “Fixtape” #1. We're Far Enough From Heaven Now We Can Freak Out sent a Beatlemania surge through the crowd that required no jump start throughout the rest of the night. The crowd then took a crazy taxi ride with Deep Cotton through the 60’s with The Reanimator. The amazing thing about Deep Cotton is that their music is just as uncanny as their lyrics. Forget being out of the box, because there is no boxing them into one genre, it’s impossible. They have an awesome ability to switch musical genre’s mid chord in a single song, and it works!. It also helps having great musician accompaniment the likes of drummer, Leon “KwikSticks” Kittrell, electric guitarist, Kellindo Parker, and Terrence Brown on Keys just to name a few. The night ended on the same high note it had been drifting on from the beginning, with an impromptu dance off that left fingers popping and heads nodding long after the night ended.