Several premiere musical acts were featured Tuesday night at 45 Degrees Martini Lounge in Chesapeake, Virginia, including Steph Love, J Pharaoh and the Manhattan Project, Brandon Jarod, Matt Mason, and Egami Reh. There was also a special appearance by R&B singer Sanura Harris.
The event was hosted by Marco Mercado, who is quickly gaining fame as one of the area’s most talented hosts.
Steph Love was the opening act of the night, and she wasted no time getting the crowd to their feet with her inspirational and thought-provoking spoken word. Her performance clearly solidified her status as one of Virginia’s most talented spoken word artists.
The second act of the night featured musical phenomenon Matt Mason. The baby-faced acoustic player didn’t disappoint the crowd while performing several songs which showcased his masterful singing ability and musical talent.
Next up was Egami Reh (“Her Image” spelled backwards), who took the audience on a musical journey including poetry, spoken word, storytelling, and world-class lyricism. At one point during her performance, Egami Reh delivered a nonstop lyrical flow over a span of several minutes that was absolutely genius and comparable to many of the nation’s leading superstar acts.
The fourth act of the night featured J Pharaoh and the Manhattan Project. I was fortunate to have front row seating during this performance, as this was one of the best performances I have seen in years. The energy during the performance was off the charts, and the crowd couldn’t seem to get enough. J Pharaoh, a masterful lyricist and entertainer, made it clear throughout his performance that hip-hop is not dead. This was a 5-star performance that could have easily been the headliner act on any show along the East Coast.
Indie Rock artist Brandon Jarod closed out the show by performing several original songs as well as some of his popular hit singles. Brandon Jarod ended his performance with a soul-stirring exercise on the guitar, a fitting way to conclude a great night of musical acts.
Last Tuesdays is an ongoing monthly showcase held at 45 Degrees Martini Lounge.
The Last Tuesdays crew consists of Marco Mercado, Steph Love, Raul, Neleh, Shane, Jr. P., and Shanika Smiley.