Making AMY proud // Amy Winehouse Tribute by VoodooHoney

Amy Winehouse was a force to be reckoned with.

Her music had this energy to it. The kind of energy that made you want to cry because you felt her pain, the kind of energy that moved the room, and the kind of energy that made you rethink if you ever loved hard enough or if you were just kidding yourself.

She was REAL and her voice could snatch the soul out of any listener in the radius.

So when CopyWrite heard that VoodooHoney Records was putting on an Amy Winehouse Tribute in July; we had to be there. It couldn’t be missed.

The Amy Winehouse Supper Club was a two-day event honoring the late songstress on the 6th year anniversary of her passing (July 23rd, 2011) and when we talk about energy in the room; the WHOLE event brought it.

CopyWrite went to the “opening” night and at 9pm; Company Brewing was packed with guests for both supper reservations but also a standing crowd that was there in anticipation for the amazing line-up of soulful voices to come.

Our supper reservation (luckily enough) gave us some of the best seats in the house; front row to the stage and all the action. Supper included an ‘A la carte’ menu along with the full Company Brewing dinner menu. And yes, for those of you who don’t know, not only is Company Brewing a great place for a drink and some live local music; they are also a fully-functioning brewery and restaurant (all-day) serving good and bougie crafted beer/cocktails along with some good and bougie food right there in Riverwest. Emphasis on the Bougie.

But back to the music; the show was incredible to say the least. Split into three sections with short intermissions, the line-up included most of our local favorite singers who put their spin on either a classic Amy song or a jazz song that Amy covered at one point in her career.

It was all really breathtaking witnessing such a diverse crowd all gather to enjoy Amy’s legacy.

It even says more when the crowd was brought to silence for multiple acts throughout the night.

Some highlights of the night were Siren’s acoustic version of ‘Back to Black’, Lili K’s rendition of ‘Best Friends’, Abby Jeanne (just all of her), Angie Swan with the vocals of Olivia Gonzales on ‘Valerie’, Yasmeen Daniels ‘Wake Up Alone’ and Arsène DeLay (who traveled all the way from New Orleans). Then let’s just clap for the whole band. **clap for ‘em**

The sultry, vivacious, melodic vibe that Amy possessed was captivated by the unique qualities in each musician and vocalist, which is no easy task.

Also we can’t forget Jay’s (what we assume) drunk anecdotes on a stage that was rightfully owned and operated by him. He deserved it.

Needless to say, we loved it. We love Amy and we love Jay for putting this together. We’ll be waiting for a VooDooHoney album of this whole set (Thank us later and call up Universal.)

/Syn for CW

**P.S. I was bias. I love Amy Winehouse and literally every artist that came on the stage killed it and I could have mentioned them all. Peace.


 

NONAME is on Tour and It’s Live AF // FreakishNerd

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NONAME out the Chi.

NONAME in the Mil.

Telefone on tour.

Vibes are all you need.

This past Saturday Chicago's very own, NONAME, blessed the stage with good vibes and Hennessy for a sold out crowd at The Miramar Theatre. I actually did not know that many people in Milwaukee even knew who she was (though like 57% of the people there came up from Chicago because those shows sold out in like 6 minutes). Not only was room packed, but EVERYBODY KNEW EVERY WORD TO EVERY SONG ON HER PROJECT which caused her to blush and smile profusely in my direction. Seriously, we made eye contact like 30 times last night and all she had to do was slide me her number and I would have been gucci, but that's neither here nor there.

Milwaukee's own Siren opened the show backed by The Truth. Siren's growth as a performer and a lyricist continues to amaze me every time I see her perform. That new music is going to be fire. Fresh off the release of her Moon Shoes EP (maybe I'll review it one day maybe I won't),  Ravyn Lenae came through and showed out. The audience was entranced with her chill beats and light vocal qualities providing a perfect bridge between Siren’s energetic set and NONAME’s…

Let me tell you about NONAME.

The energy flowing through the room was different. A good different. As if you came over to your best friend's granny's house for play date and y'all were plotting on a sleep over. "Let me take you back," the singers opened the show with a medley of songs from Telefone as scenes from Dorothy Dandridge's Carmen Jones are projected behind them. A red lamp sat on a wicker basket next to bottle of Hennessy half(ish)way full. NONAME leaps on the the stage to thunderous applause and screaming. She was rapping the opening verse to “All I Need,” but you couldn’t tell until the applause died down.

She proceeded to perform the entirety of Telefone and two of her Chance collaborations, Lost and my personal favorite, Drown (which she added another verse to that was FIYAH). Halfway through the show she comes out in this red sequined cape, giving a“playing dress up” vibe, performing a cover of The Isley Brothers’ “Contagious” before falling back into the somber “Casket Pretty.” After closing out the show with Yesterday the crowd burst into chants of “NONAME! One More!” I mean she performed the whole album so she was quite literally out of music. Not sure what they were expecting, but the sentiment was certainly felt.

Noname puts on a hell of a show. If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket (the whole tour is sold out y’all), have a great time and if you were at the show, I’m glad we shared a vibe together.

- FreakishNerd //CW

See more photos from the show here

Chris Siegel x Strehlow - This Is How ft. Siren, Lex Allen, & Christine Hoberg

Collaboration is such a beautiful thing. If you get the right people in the right room, on the right song and with the right production, you're bound to make something pretty amazing.

**Insert KIINGS' Chris Siegel and his collaboration with Strehlow not to mention Siren, Lex Allen and Christine Hoberg**

The track brings together these incredible voices with some energetic 90s vibes and euphoric rhythm for something we will hear at your next summer cookout. We're anticipating more from the Kiing, listen to the track below.