Taylor Olson’s Birthday Concert at Bar Lubitsch feat. Taylor Jamison

Last night’s show was easily the most fun I’ve had at a show in a long time. Some of that has to do with the genre and the cool West Hollywood bar, but the majority of my enjoyment came from the energy of the two very powerful performances that commanded the night.

taylor jamisonTaylor Jamison opened the show with four of his original tracks from his upcoming EP. Partnering with his guitarist and background vocalist Manuel, Jamison took the stage like a pro. It was obvious that this was not just a hobby for Jamison, but that he had very specific, and very large goals in mind as he performed.

Jamison’s songs brought an honesty to the floor that is sometimes lost in pop music. In the acoustic setting, the strength and intimacy of his songwriting had the opportunity to truly shine. His voice brought me back to the days of beloved boy bands like Backstreet Boys, ‘NSync, and even Plus One. Mixing this nostalgia with an undeniable confidence and stage presence made this opening act impossible to forget.

Taylor Jamison’s memorably upbeat choruses and raw content were the perfect primer for
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‘s main set. The singer/songwriter/producer matched Jamison’s fearless and commanding persona, and added an extra feeling of prowess as he brought everyone into the fold of his musical world. Olson’s set, backed by original production, ranged from remixes of popular songs to original songs and raps, as well as songs he’s written for other artists.

With his heart-pounding beats and movingly relatable lyrics, Olson skillfully brought the audience from cheers and dancing to focused silence, as he lyrically navigated the waters of his life for us. From the losses he’s suffered deeply to the pride and defiance he feels in who he is and how people react to him, Olson’s music was relatable and elusive at the same time: something to hold on to, but also something one couldn’t hope to recreate themselves.

Between the two, these Taylors gave the audience brilliant and passionate performances, certainly a night for the books. We wish them both the best, and Taylor Olson a very happy birthday!

 

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA.

Brandon Bassir at House of Blues – West Hollywood

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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.