Just as instructed, we did… we responded with a robust affirmation of “all riiiiiiiiight!” And that’s how it went down. The when? Valentines … or as some folk say, ValentiMes night. The where? Ben’s Next Door on U Street in Washington, DC. The who? My boy… the soulful and dynamic Russell Taylor!
Incredibly dapper, donning a tux jacket… crisp white dress shirt with just enough sequins to catch the light… a limited-edition Marc Jacobs cap highlighting the word “PARIS” above the brim and some “oh sooooo sharp” pink suede sneakers… my college friend was in his element!
He engaged the crowd and charmed us with his talent. Comfortable. Confident. A natural with the mic. The FREE admissions for entry had no bearing on his performance — Russell’s dedication to his music was evident. Don’t you just love an artist that dives completely into a song… you know, they get lost in the music as they sing – you feel their passion – and through them, you are able to lose yourself as well. All about energy, eh?
I am not a music critic – just a lover of a great vibe. My 2 musical weaknesses that stop me in my tracks – a raspy voice and an artist that effortlessly lures you in. Haha – can I get an “all right” – because Russell fits the bill! For his Tuesday night set, he kept the performance and his accompaniment intimate – 2 background singers, a bass player, a guitarist and a bongo player.
Entertained by his lyrics and candid storytelling, I easily got lost in the moment. The front row seating, combined with an old favorite – my J.LOHR Cabernet Sauvignon – and the company of my husband… surely getting lost in the moment was inevitable!
Good times… no doubt!
I was even witness to Russell’s quick wit as he threw out a humorous, yet stern notice to an audience member whose conversation during song was obnoxiously loud. Poor poor lady in the red shirt – betcha won’t do that again!
On a night reserved and designed for love, Russell shared with us his talent… his gift… his love of music. What a phenomenal treat — and all for FREE?
So, for my friend “Rt!”… I am telling you that I am definitely a fan! I♥Rt! Haha — all that I need now is my Rt! tee-shirt, eh? Ummmm… size medium!
I encourage you all to check him out. If you know like I know, you are merely a click away from becoming a fan!
Russell Taylor… he is fly and nothing short of a superstar! This independent artist – he is on the move and working hard to make big things happen…