By: Sebastien “@TheGayBestie” Gaudin
Last night music was rediscovered thanks to both Adrian Marcel and Elle Varner the two performers gave a new meaning to commitment and stage presence. As music remains in a realm of transition its refreshing to hear innovative vocal arrangements and ability. In a room filled to capacity at Atlanta’s very own Center Stage it all went down on the December evening. A crowd filled with various ages it was evident that music lovers of all eras can appreciate a worthwhile performance.
The moment Adrian Marcel graced the stage the night was never the same again. His amount of training is apparent for how he conducted the crowd control. Sporting all black he was ready to get to work and leave his heart on the stage. Performing records from his two mixtapes, 7 Days of Weak and Weak After Next brought it all to another level. His biggest hit to date, “2 Am” had the crowd go crazy for more. During his set he merged his love for 90’s R&B by incorporating “Bump & Grind” by R. Kelly and “Yes” by Floetry. The transitions were amazing and refreshing. His future is most certainly lite with the right beacons.
Later on it was time for the headliner Ms. Elle Varner herself. By this point the crowd was anxious and yearning for her to tear down the house. Before hitting the stage the songstress gave a hello through her mike from backstage, which caused everyone to burst into a frenzy. Luckily, security was able to maintain all that was happening and preparation for what Varner was about to offer up. Starting off with tracks from her last album gave fans a chance to reminisce, when she first hit the scene almost 3 years ago. While performing, “Only Want To Give It To You” she took the liberty to rap and show off her skills to the verse originally rapped by J. Cole.
As she continued to grace the stage the audience only got more and more excited. She then gave a homage to Marvin Gaye by doing her own rendition to “What’s Goin’ On” due to the recent issues that’s bee sweeping our nation concerning Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Surprise to everyone she even performed tracks by Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys infused with her own music. Her newest track “F**k It All” got everyone ready for the return of the sultry artist to mainstream.
Before the end of the evening it was only right for her close the show with her most memorable hit, “Refill.” Every person rocked side to side and embraced every lyric as she belted it out. The timeless track gave life to the crowd as couples cuddled up and danced to her vocals. Without a doubt this was a show to be at last night!
About The Writer
As a New Jersey native it came as no surprise when Sebastien, birthed a knack for talking and writing. During his college days the young blogger gained experience through international talkers such as The Maury Show and The Mo’nique Show. After years of interning and assisting the aspiring journalist threw caution to the wind and launched The Gay Bestie, LLC.
The lifestyle and culture company provides a different spin on love, sex, relationships, and fashion. #TGB focuses on the 21st Century woman and her loyal companion, other known as the gay bestie. Readers will find discussions that are usually held behind closed doors placed in the forefront to totally meet the needs of all. No, topic is ever off limits.
So ladies brace yourselves because Sebastien is taking you places where you’ll be sure to blush and share a laugh! He’s giving exactly what’s been missing. Grab you’re favorite beverage (i.e. red wine), sit back, and prepare to gab about this with your girlfriends the minute you see them.