The Atlanta climate wasn’t the only thing bringing the heat last night. In the early run of their “31 Days of Jazz”, The Atlanta Jazz Festival teamed up with ATL Live on the Park set the city on fire with some the hottest artist putting on a show for “Season 6” presented by Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols. You know Kontrol Magazine was up in there like swim-wear.
It was a grown and sexy night for the guest who filled the Park Tavern at Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta last night. Even music celebrities like R&B star Keri Hilson and hit music producers Polow Da Don and Jazze Pha were in attendance. MC’ing the show was Taiye “The Wild Afrikan” Samuel who kept the crowd entertained in between sets with laughs.
First to the stage was a young lady by the name of Ashley Grant who serenaded the crowd with her soft, soothing voice. Her gorgeous dress wasn’t the only thing stealing the show as her ballads sent chills throughout the audience sending out good vibes and tranquility. She even dedicated a song to two of her fellow friends in the crowd who were embarking on the marriage and baby journey soon.
Then the party, I mean show, really got live when a very unique and talented band by the name of Vintage Nation hit the stage. Vintage Nation is the new artist of music producer Polow Da Don’s (who was sitting front and center to see his artist) revamped Zone 4 label. The duo rocked the crowd with their electrifying dance moves and instrumentation so viciously that I forgot I was working and decided to no longer fight the urge to groove as well. The amazing stage presence while maintaining smooth vocals and flawless instrument chords made them my favorites of the night and I think the crowd agreed as they were given a standing ovation.
Finally, the man of the night made his way to the stage to keep the flame burning strong: Calvin Richardson. And yes, he brought the smooth and sexy back with him to the stage. He started off his set with a trio of rendition tunes from his musical role model, the late, great Bobby Womack. Then he got into a few of his hit records like “Hearsay”. Then he wowed the crowed when he brought out the R&B soul Queen, Angie Stone.
A very entertaining night for true music lovers, indeed.
(All Photos shot by Brandon J. at FlacoVision Film)