As we end 2016 we want to take a look back at some of this year’s highlights and talk about three of our favorite shows from this year.
Mc Kenna makes sandwiches.
If you have ever seen Mc Kenna live you know that you can’t possibly know what to expect from the emcee. Earlier this year, During one of his performances he stops his set and starts asking members of the audience “ham or turkey”?
anxious members berate Kenna with their orders before they know what he is up to. As audience members continue pretending there is a subway partition separating them from the artist.
Kenna walks to the back of the stage and pulls out a grocery bag filled with bread, deli meats, and cheeses. Like any good artist, Kenna makes a few sandwiches for his fans ensuring they leave satisfied. I’ve honestly never been to a show where they artist takes food request as well as song request but you know it is Tampa, anything can happen.
Samurai Shotgun Swings Riptide release party.
- Sell out Crowbar (check)
- Preform a banging ass song with Queen of Ex and Senyo Fugar of Bangarang (check)
- Swing from the raptures like spider man (super check)
When Samurai Shotgun announced their album release party, I already knew the event would be live. With performances from members Rising Down to Queens of Ex, audience members definitely got their money worth. As the night progressed and the space within Crowbar reached its maximum occupancy, it was time for the Samurai to hit the stage.
After preforming a series of tracks from the new album, the Shotgun have an all-star performance with Queen of Ex and Senyo Fugar of Bangrang, sending the crowd berserk.
Samurai Shotgun vocalist, Mateo Prince Henley is well known for his scaling abilities. While vibing off of the energy in the venue during one of their last song, Henley decided to show the packed crowd at Crowbar just how the samurais swing.
With microphone in mouth and hands on beams, Henley scaled up the Crowbar and swung feet over fans. Honestly, it was one of the coolest things I’ve seen at a show.
Arlene’s Grocery: You just had to be there.
One of my more memorable experiences this year was traveling to New York to film the Young Parisians take over.
From Bedstuy bodegas to lower east side slices, the Young Parisians immersed themselves in New York culture. So much so it was almost like the New York was opening his arms to accept the talented group of individuals.
With the loving support of R.a.r.e. Media, one by one, members of the Young Parisians as well as other local artists, Demi Nova, J-roc Jones and Khalea Lynee put on an unforgettable show that provided a bit of something for everyone. Humbled by the turn out for the event Mike Mass knew he had to put on for the 813.
Well, did he?
It was Mass’s killer rock or be rocked, mic or no mic performance that sent everyone over the top. After the show at Arlene’s as the crowd poured out into the bar and the vibrant streets of the L.E.S it seemed pretty clear that 2017 is going to be a wild year for the 813.
There have been many great shows and events this year. We at SavageCityBlog would love to hear about some of your favorite shows from this year. As we move into the next year we hope to see more of your beautiful faces as you get to recognize ours. But why wait till next year, We will be bringing in the New Year at Crowbar tonight with some of Tampa bays finest.