Check out this review of my first headline showcase at Crash Mansion written by Okema Moore
Lance Drummonds’ “Time & Space” Showcase
On Thursday, May 12, singer/songwriter Lance Drummonds headlined his own show at New York City’s Crash Mansion. Hosted by yours truly, the show was definitely a success (and no I’m not being biased). With heavy weights in attendance including BET’s Music Matters execs along with the New York Times, and Uptown Magazine, Lance was in high demand.
Before Lance ascended the stage however, the show opened with a short set from spoken word artist and MC, Messiah…and yes that’s what his mama named him. A three time Apollo winner, the poet has toured with and opened for Kelly Price and shared stages with every one from Lupe Fiasco to Patti Labelle. Messiah hit the stage and from the moment he opened his mouth, his words flowed like water. The audience was somewhat entranced and reacted to his pieces audibly with an “mm-hmm” here and an “I know that’s right” there. And upon completion of Messiah’s set, a roar of applause broke out leaving him beaming as he walked off.
With the opening act done, it was time for the man of the night to take the stage. Sharply styled in slim fit, dark wash jeans, a tan silk blend v-neck sweater and a well tailored blazer, paired with beautiful, olive, new buck oxfords, Lance was dapper as usual. Every time I see the crooner he is casket-sharp, as he’s from the old school mindset that as a performer he must always be “done.”
With his band at the ready and his beautiful background singers in place, it was time to set it off. Starting with an engaging and smooth track off of his debut album “Time and Space,” “Find My Way To Love,” reeled us in and set us up for a great ride. Followed by a cover of Usher’s “Caught Up,” Lance switched it up a bit for the crowd. His two step was adorable and his energy enigmatic. Next was “She’s So Gangsta” which chronicled how this hottie from Brooklyn caught him up with her meals and her swag. The transition mid song from a captivating salsa-esque feel to a slower, sexy melody was awesome and well done.
Lance grooved some more to songs from “Time and Space” including the jazzy “Long Drive” which I wanted to blast in a convertible down the FDR drive, late at night with the top off. He also performed his latest single, “Share My Heart Again.” Lance had placed himself in front of his keyboard by then and played the song with band, adding additional depth to an already fab show. The video for the song was recently posted on XI TV and made its way throughout the net with phenomenal feedback for the artistic storyboard. The song is an emotional ode to being able to recover from broken love, and as I’m no stranger to lost love, I could totally relate to the tune and had to have a seat in the back of the venue while he sang it to contain my rush of emotions…and an embarrassing breakdown.
After his song “Elm Street,” which told of his beautiful nightmares, he took a quick break, allowing his background vocalists, Terry Brown and Shatiqua King to shine a bit as they sang their rendition of Lauren Hill’s “Killing Me Softly.” Upon his return to the stage he sung a few known rap tunes (yes he SANG THEM) and even segued into the theme song for “Sesame Street,” with the audience singing right along.
All in all, the show was dope. Lance showed why he’s a pending Music Matters artist and why “Time and Space” is a project worth owning. After the show his mother beamed as he thanked her, and his brother stood proud as well. His manager and PR Carolyn Fareri-Ortiz glowed with pride, and I was simply honored to be a part of it all.
XI photog, Nathaniel Johnson‘s pics of the night are below. To read more about Lance and his journey, check out his “Who’s Got Next” article here. Also, follow him on Twitter (@LDrummonds) and for future show dates and his Music Matters debut, check out his website.