The Sol Kitchen has done it again! Another major music coup for the QC! Last night, thousands of music fans poured into the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center for the inaugural “I AM MUSIC FEST” with INDIA ARIE, MINT CONDITION and a new artist, LAURA REED. Sol Kitchen CEO, Mike Kitchen, did an outstanding job when he put this line up together! The show had something to appeal to everyone! First of all, booking INDIA ARIE as the headliner was brilliant because everybody loves India’s world music and her band is superb! Plus, she hasn’t done a show in Charlotte in over 3 years! @indiaarie also brings an energy and light to the stage that keeps her audience enthralled with every note of every song! She performed all of her classic hits and hit the crowd grooving! And India shared a secret with the hometown house and let them hear some of the new music from her upcoming album, “OPEN DOOR!’ I fell in love with a song called “COMPLICATED” and she even shared that her album would come out in February 2013! I can’t wait! And for the hardcore R&B band devotees…there is only one group that can set if off every single time they hit the stage and that is MINT CONDITION! They play so hard, that it’s almost a religious experience! As my Daddy would say, “Those jokers can jam!” @mcondition is the kind of band that has promoters, ushers and roadies tweeting about their sound check! And these dudes have been doing this for 20 years and are still pumping great new music! Be sure to check out their new single, “BELIEVE IN US” and their new album, “MUSIC 2 THE SPEED OF LIFE” when it drops on Sept. 11th! And please don’t sleep on the newbie of the night, LAURA REED! She came out and opened up the festival with like a pro! Laura has a rich voice that sounds like a mix of Amy Winehouse and Sade, with a rasta edge! Her debut single, “FAITH NOT FEAR“ won the crowd over and they enjoyed her music and delighted in finding out that REED, who was born in South Africa, was actually raised in Durham, NC! That makes her our home girl and almost a cousin! @_ laurareed also shared the great news with the audience that she had just gotten signed with SONY! You can count on hearing a lot about her in the near future!
If you weren’t there for the first year of The “I AM MUSIC FEST,” then, you really missed a great show! Just make sure you are ready for it next year!