On Friday, July 26, local Philadelphia artists got the opportunity to take the stage in front of a packed house to open for Azealia Banks as part of Philadelphia’s inaugural Red Bull Sound Select Presents Showcase.
Red Bull Sound Select is an ongoing effort to support local music scenes and give up-and-coming artists career-starting opportunities to play stages alongside noteworthy headliners. Friday’s show, hosted by Melanie Cotton, was just the beginning. Philadelphia will continue to host monthly showcases to elevate and tell the story of local musicians.
The multi-talented Khari Mateen started the night off strong, as he rocked the crowd with his signature song Full Moon, and surprised everyone by bringing out special guest, STS to rap a verse. “I’m so happy right now it’s crazy,” said Mateen told the crowd, “there is nothing more special than [to] play music for new people!”
Next, the room came alive as Red Bull Sound Select artist and Philadelphia native Mike Taylor took the stage with his uplifting lyrics and catchy melodies. Taylor debuted five tracks from his new album including last night’s fan favorite “Searching for Summer”.
“Philly is such a tough crowd in general and being that all [of] the faces in the crowd were new, it made me work that much harder,” said Taylor. “This is the feeling that makes me feel like a fresh new artist all over again.”
DJ PHSH kept the party going with some heavy beats and original remixes while Jone Fhive took the stage.
The night hit a new level when Harlem’s hip-hop sweetheart, Azealia Banks commanded the crowd with her powerful stage presence and unique sound. Dressed to the nines in a sheer metallic cat suit, 22 year-old Banks had the crowd dancing and rapping along to her fierce lyrics and catchy rhythms.
To top off the night’s celebration, local ice cream company, Little Baby’s, created a custom ice-cream flavor for Azealia Banks called Licorice Bitch–named after her song–available free for fans at the end of the night.
Catch the next Red Bull Sound Select Present: Philadelphia’s monthly showcase on August 16th at The Blockley. This show is curated by Veteran Freshman and will feature Kilo Kish as headliner and Red Bull Sound Select artists Joie, Nico’s Gun, and Mic Stew.