[Review] SonReal & Rich Kidd “The Closers” November 30th @ Outback Shack (London)

The Closers, TreeTop, Haviah Mighty, Pocket City Nov 30 @ Outback Shack (London)

Have you ever heard someone say there is a lot of talent in this room? Well that phrase
could definitely be applied to Friday’s event at Fanshawe College’s The Outback Shack’s
“New Music Night” Head lined by SonReal and Rich Kidd, who have been touring to various cities acrossCanada promoting their new LP The Closers since it came out October 16th, London was host to their second last stop before wrapping up the tour in Toronto at the Rivoli.

The Closers, TreeTop, Haviah Mighty, Pocket City Nov 30 @ Outback Shack (London)

Kicking off the night with a 30 minute set was Haviah Mighty; a Brampton, Ontario
native who is a young and very talented woman, starting from an early age and adding
to her collection of accolades rather quickly, having already opened up for big names
like Danny Fernandez, Shawn Desman and Karl Wolf; As she took the stage backed by
two guitarists and a drummer Haviah got the people in attendance moving with ease,
jumping into her song Single; really associating with the crowd sitting down at the
front of the stage and almost becoming vulnerable as well as bringing her performance
right into the crowd which I think made them feel her performance even more. As an
R&B and Hip Hop artist she really took you on a musical journey and catered to the
audience well going from more melodic songs as “Like I Wanna Love” You to lyrical
tracks like “Drugs” and “Beggin”, closing out with “Propaganda”. Afterwards joining
everyone to enjoy the event, Haviah most certainly got the night started off right!

The Closers, TreeTop, Haviah Mighty, Pocket City Nov 30 @ Outback Shack (London)

Taking the stage next was Pocket City, a well orchestrated funk/hip hop/reggae band
consisting of vocalist, emcee, and guitarist A.TNT , drummer Ridm, J Dizzle on the bass,
Swagga Richards on rhythm guitar, Dean Bordigan on the saxophone and to top it all
off Sporadik on the 1’s and 2’s . Once set up the Campus Music Explosion finalists
captured the crowd early with the intro off their self titled EP Rize Up, quoted from the
lyrics “Sending signals to your brain making you roll our way” is exactly what they did.
Throughout their roughly 30 minute set the ingenious Pocket City’s musical talent kept
everyone entertained, them being not so well known it made for an easy opportunity to
create new fans with songs like “We Are You” and “Use to Love You”, Signing off with
their own creatively put together mix of “Welcome to Jamrock”; a definite highlight of
the night. A few audience members even showed their support by getting upfront and
just dancing along to the music. Them being so fresh into the scene and already having
opened for Classified and toured successfully western Canada twice, and mainly just
knowing how to put on a great show I think everyone in attendance is expecting to hear
more from Pocket City in the near future..

The Closers, TreeTop, Haviah Mighty, Pocket City Nov 30 @ Outback Shack (London)

As an official mix tape release party for the Casper’s Marcus Morris Mixtape 4,
London’s own freestyle champion and Canada’s very first Manifesto winner Casper took
the stage next along with Treetop Entertainment consisting of Casper, Kehmak, TT Lo,
Culture and Bronson just before twelve for almost an hour long set; backed by a full
band with Culture on the drums. As TT Lo went up first to perform “Average Tuesday”,
everyone who was off socializing was quickly back in front of the stage, Having such a
solid fan base here in London Treetop continued song after song to keep everyone glued
to the stage without even having to try. With the whole entourage up they intensified the
aura in the room dramatically with tracks like “Get the F’ off Me”, then breaking into a
song by Bronson titled Sure Thing, followed by Kehmak and TT Lo’s Quentin Tarintino
as well Eva Flow performed his song Breaker Breaker. Adding to it all both female
artists featured on Marcus Morris Mixtape 4 came up along side Casper to perform Like
a Ghost and Haunted Love which was a “mesmerizing performance” as I heard some
guy say near the bar, where as before you had some in front of the stage, some at the bar
sitting and others in the booths along the back wall, this was not the case for the almost
the entirety of Treetops set. Before closing out with covers of Kanye West’s All Falls
Down and Blackstreet’s No Diggity Casper dropped his track Let the City Know and
made sure to tell everyone to “love their fam” and thanked everyone for coming out.
Treetop unquestionably came out proper and closed their set with a bang, Hyping up the
room up for the two final “Closers”.

The Closers, TreeTop, Haviah Mighty, Pocket City Nov 30 @ Outback Shack (London)

Just arriving off the road halfway through the night looking exhausted from their travels,
SonReal and Rich Kidd really showed London some love and rocked the stage at this
small venue like it was a sold out Budweiser Gardens. Taking time to chill out and
interact with fans before hitting the stage at around one am, the unprecedentedly unique
and captivating style and flows SonReal and Rich Kidd posses individually and even
more so when they join forces to come out with such great material as The Closers,
really showed that night. Without hesitation they went right into the first track off their
LP and kept every one hugging the stage from the jump until the last sound came out
of the speakers, Performing the whole album entirely even adding some flavour to the
show by switching up the beat to Wu Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M during “Money Money”,
and going a capella the whole second verse of “Best Believe”. The show was filled with
hip hop fans a like and Outback Shack regulars, but SonReal and Rich Kidd for the fans
before The Closers and of their individual works broke out in to songs like “Already
There”, SonReals latest single “Up Up Up” and Rich Kidds “Don’t Sleep On Me” as well
his latest gem he’s dropped “Boiling Point”, Which none of those were definitely not
expected, A good addition none the less. Anyone who wasn’t so much familiar with these
two and the work they have been putting in was certainly interested now…

The Closers, TreeTop, Haviah Mighty, Pocket City Nov 30 @ Outback Shack (London)

All in all, although the turn out wasn’t to full capacity, every single artist who got up
on stage coincided well, each performance complimenting the next. No matter the turn
out it felt like one big family was together that night to support such amazing artists.
Performances, set up and sound quality were pristine, sounding good whether up beside
the speakers or at the back tables, and the live bands made it that much greater, I think
it would’ve been a different show without. For all that came out this was undoubtedly a
highlight show for the 2012 year…

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