Back for part 2 of our recap of the Sonic Sound Off acoustic stage. You can read part 1 here – http://knotmove.com/los-feliz-in-los-angeles/sonic-sound-off-acousti….
The second half of the day kicked off with the sweet sounds of Julia Lucafo, otherwise known as Juice. As always, Juice’s sweet voice and well-crafted songs filled the afternoon sky, and kept the music flowing.
She was followed by 15-year old Ariana Sloan. Sloan skillfully covered artists ranging from Taylor Swift to No Doubt, with a couple of originals thrown in for good measure.
After Ariana, it was time for the “heavy hitters,” the experienced performers who would make up “the main event.” The first of these was Jennifer Cadence. Her silky smooth vocals coupled with her incredible keyboard notes to form beautiful melodies, endearing her to the crowd. She turned in a remarkable performance and a perfect work-up for the next act.
Patrick Joseph and his band took the stage next and owned it. With a five-piece band of incredible musicians backing him, Joseph mesmerized the crowd, and caught the attention of the cast of Millionaire Matchmakers, who were attending one of the technical seminars. This resulted in them taking Joseph’s cd for possible placement in the show.
Following Joseph to the stage was JC Villafan. Although he decided to perform solo, Villafan more than held his own. His vocals were like honey as he performed potential hit after potential hit. With a sound that would fit in the smooth jazz or r&b format, Villafan knows how to craft solid songs and delivers them with a 1-2 punch that flattens the competition.
The next artist up was LA’s own songbird, Sara Routh. Her appearance also prompted our first celebrity sighting of the day as her brother Brandon Routh, star of Superman Returns and Scott Pilgrim made an appearance with his wife. Routh’s voice and songs stopped several passersby, who dropped in to check her out, including a very cute little 2-year old boy.
Our next artist was supposed to be the legendary Celtic guitarist Ken O’Malley. Unfortunately, he was unable to perform due to a family conflict. Routh and Villafan stepped up to fill in the slot with a spontaneous duet and some additional inspired performing.
The headliner for the day finally made their way to the stage, acapella supergroup Simply Put. This three man, three woman act wowed the crowd, some of whom had been waiting for them for three hours. SP was a treat for the ears, with their arrangements of hit songs including Sara Bareilles‘ Love Song, Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly and a big band tribute. Despite singing in the near darkness, their music brightened the night and brought this day of indie music to a satisfying conclusion.
Much thanks to all the artists who performed, despite the low turnout – each of you made a difference in showing the world the value and talent available in indie music. Special thanks to Oracle Post for hosting the event and to Frank Beasley for his incredible sound.