9.03.09 – The Highline Ballroom was filled with a comfortable crowd of about 350; A wild mix of New York City’s young listeners and up-and-coming performers alike. Prophit and DJ Woof were killing it on stage with bass heavy instrumentals and well delivered lyrics. Well-known NYC artist Nyle came out to show his respect with an 8-bar freestyle acapella. At one point, the stage was filled with artists and listeners partying to the music and showing their support. In transition from Prophit to the main attraction, Bad Rabbits, the DJ kept the energy high with an amazing mix of tracks. Ranging from old school to new, the crowd never stopped moving.
Igniting with a passion for entertainment, Bad Rabbits exploded from the start and didn’t simmer till the last song was all but over. As the band began playing and the lights filled the stage, Dua popped out stage left and the crowd reacted. As lead singer, his stage presence and liveliness is contagious. The level of energy is something to be admired. The original songs they played, like The Bad and most notably Stick Up Kids, were as entertaining as any cover. Saluting the old legends with reflections of Morris Day and The Time and a standout Michael Jackson medley including Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, Rock With You, and Wanna Be Starting Somethin, the foundation that this band was built on became quite apparent. Instead of mimicking successful bands of today with similar setups, like The Roots, Bad Rabbits looked back down the line of musical history and decided to work on something that deserved to move forward to a contemporary style.
This Thursday night, the stage became a podium and we were all schooled on where popular music should be. While the industry is favoring cheap electronics, shameless auto tune, and thin lyrics, we were treated to the sound of a full band naturally creating music with high energy and skill. The type of effort unseen anymore, so take notes.
As a crowd we all came to the venue with anticipation, but left completely fulfilled.Share