Last Thursday The Shrine hosted another edition of Heineken’s Red Star Access series with Curren$y serving as the headliner. Another positive note of this was that it also celebrated our local scene with sets from Caleb James, Lucci Vee and Thelonious Martin & co.
The first performer of the night was Angel Davenport, fresh off of working with storied Hip Hop artist Tech N9ne. Angel was dynamic on the stage, delivering strong vocals and her rapping skills were equally as impressive. The next performer up was Lucci Vee, who had undeniable stage presence and gave a good performance. Vee even brought out fellow Chicago scene lady of Hip Hop Chella H, who lit up the stage to perform a track. She finished her set with her latest track “Pass Out,” bringing to an end to her entertaining set.
Breaking the streak of female performers was Giftz, who came to the stage with a heavier tone. Boasting songs off his latest mixtape, Position Of Power, Giftz brought the energy of the booming local scene and got the crowd jamming, to say the least. Following him was another local artist that’s generating a lot of buzz, that being Save Money’s Caleb James. James’ set heavily relied on songs from his latest release, The Jones, like “Flexin” and “6am” and even took the time to pass out drinks while performing, to the dismay of the few haters standing to the right of the stage. Before his time was up, Caleb brought out YP who did an A Capella version of his track “Insane” that was more than well-received by the crowd.
The sub-headliners included some of the brightest young artists of the vibrant local scene (and true POD favorites) with Thelonious Martin, Peter Cottontale and Stix coming together to put on a great display of their talent. “King Thelonious'” beats were soaked in cool, Stix absolutely rocked on drums and Peter Cottontale’s keyboard work all coming together was a real sight to see.
Finally it was time for the night’s headliner, Curren$y. The New Orleans native got the crowd riled up by playing fan-favorites like “Sixty-Seven Turbo Jet,” “Mary” and “Elevator Musik.” Jet Lifers were treated to a good, chill show that only Curren$y can deliver and they repaid the man with some goodies that the latter collected without hesitation. Props to the guy for a good show.
Thanks again to Heineken for assembling yet another good showcase in the latest edition of their Red Star Access series.