Brandon Bassir at House of Blues – West Hollywood

brandon bassir

Little did I know that this week’s ticket to House of Blues would be also be a one way ticket back to the nostalgia of the greatest jam sessions of America’s funky musical past. That’s exactly where 17-year-old Brandon Bassir transported the audience who filled dance floor of the iconic music venue on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles Saturday night.

Backed by a full band and a load of charisma, the Los Angeles native singer-songwriter showed off his stunning falsetto and killer James Brown dance moves, much to the delight of everyone present. With his magnetic presence, Bassir effortlessly drew the crowd to the dance floor with songs from his recently released EP “22”, and looking around at the party inside, no one would have guessed it was only 8pm.

With sounds reminiscent of such musical greats as Elvis Presley and Bobby Darin, Bassir did more than just “wow” the crowd with upbeat, cleverly composed originals; he also managed to cover songs by popular vocalists Frank Sinatra and current favorite Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Taking the risk of inevitable comparison to these game-changing artists, Bassir’s bravery silenced skeptics with a spectacular vocal performance, and successfully transformed these Billboard favorites into a unique and pleasing flavor that was all Brandon Bassir.

It is true that Bassir’s smooth rap sections, flawless falsetto lines, and an unmistakable nod to the early eras of funky dance music draw immediate comparisons to accomplished artists such as Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Jason Mraz, but Brandon Bassir has something entirely his own to bring to the table. At just 17, he is already a passionate performer capable of bringing people to their feet with his music.

Bassir’s excellent vocal control and enthusiastic stage presence has landed the young artist in the top 25 for Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star Awards this year, where his “boy next door” look and catchy track “I Got It” has garnered him over 22,000 followers on Twitter and support across social media platforms. 

 

For more on Brandon Bassir, follow him on social media at https://twitter.com/BrandonBassir and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brandon-Bassir/560941983952042.

You can vote for Brandon Bassir in Macy’s iHeart Radio Rising Star Awards at http://macys.iheart.com/entries/profile/8.html.

 

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

Fernando Perdomo “Warm” CD Release Show at Hotel Cafe

Fernando Perdomo Warm CD Cover

Dubbed the Mecca venue for singer-songwriters, Hotel Cafe is where many stars such as Jason Mraz and Nora Jones have shared their music. The excellence required of this stage was met and exceeded last night by Fernando Perdomo, with the assistance of his talented band, many of whom are singer-songwriters in their own right.

Perdomo, who moved to Los Angeles from Miami two years ago, began his mesmerizing set with the title track of his CD “Warm”, which launched on iTunes on May 1st while the artist was performing in his hometown.

All night, the singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer brought to the stage such a quintessential “feel good” sound filled with the lyrical and melodic swells one may hear in classic movie soundtracks. The effortless blend of uplifting piano, raw (and at some times haunting) vocals, and dynamic electric guitar solos by Perdomo resulted in a product fit for the soul.

Fellow artists, songwriters, and filmmakers filled the tables and lined the walls to support Perdomo in his most recent musical venture. Linda Perhacs, with whom Perdomo has been working and touring for the last several months, watched from the front row.  Fellow Miami native and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Alih Jey, who also appeared on Perdomo’s last album, brought her unmistakable presence to two of the night’s songs. Robert Avellanet, who had been working on his album in Perdomo’s Reseda Ranch Studios, added his heartfelt crooner vocals to a song about Los Angeles nights, entitled “California Moon”.

The highlight for me, however, was  the performance of the track to Perdomo’s last music video, “Girl with a Record Collection”. For this upbeat track, Perdomo brought up the girls he featured in the music video to perform the chorus as a trio of backup singers, which encouraged the rest of the room to sing along as well.

From his heartfelt performance of “Smile”, dedicated to his mother in heaven on Mother’s Day, to the playful and clever “We Fight (But We’re In Love)” (feat. Alih Jey), Fernando Perdomo was able to transform an empty room into a kaleidoscope of memories, hopes, and vivid images of the every day occurrences that make his music so relatable.

I recommend “Warm” as the perfect soundtrack to anyone’s afternoon stroll, and encourage all of you to head to iTunes and purchase your copy!

 

For more on Fernando Perdomo, please visit www.fernandoperdomo.com
For more on Perdomo’s Reseda Ranch Studios, please visit www.resedaranchstudios.com
To purchase “Warm”, please click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/warm/id870376880
Watch “Girl with a Record Collection” here (you may catch a glimpse of yours truly!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_dJ01O_RUM

Please also check out the artists mentioned in this post:
www.lindaperhacs.com
www.facebook.com/alihjeyfans
www.robertavellanet.net

 

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.