This month, New York City showcased its finest blend of music. Every Monday night at Webster Hall’s Studio, an eclectic mix of urban dwellers came together for a night of independent entertainment. Talent-wise, the shows remained typically diverse, with a new cast of bands supporting the headlining act, Mike Del Rio. Reflecting on the historical CBGB’s, a local music lover described the events as “what I’ve heard New York City’s underground nightlife used to be like back in the 70’s, music and endless drinks on a Monday night”.
Headlining the showcase each night, Mike Del Rio came out in full force, presenting what he and his band had to offer. His music needed no unnecessary hype, forced fashion style, or glamorous presentation; it defended itself. Every girl was dancing and every guy had no choice but to bounce their head or tap their toes. As the month progressed and news spread, his crowd grew. By the third week, The Studio was packed with regulars who had come before, their friends, and people who barely knew what to expect. No matter the makeup, Mike continued to deliver. The feel good atmosphere he creates is infectious from the start. As the multi-instrumentalist rotates instruments, ranging from acoustic and electric guitar to the keys, the sound changes to a style all its own. Every song has its own behavior and the story told is set to a unique melody like pictures on a reel.
From the first Monday to last night’s finale, each show had its own distinct energy. Group Sounds turned the premier evening into an uncontrollable dance party. As the keyboardist, deemed “Sexy Joe”, began shedding articles of his authentic Japanese Komodo, the crowd reacted, finishing their show with half the audience onstage behind them. Second time around, veteran act HotSpur played a perfect set. Front man, Joe Mach, captivated the audience while his band kept currents high. Obviously thriving in intimate settings, Honor By August’s strong lyrics and emotional performance stands out when reviewing the third week. Last night’s finale was a strong arrangement of musicians bidding farewell to a great month of music. The adventurously sentimental Cass Dillon played a professional set that brought the crowd closer to the stage than seen all month. The residency was closed out by west coast partiers 2 AM Club.
Overall, The September Residency filled a musical craving for independent talent from all corners of the country. Gotham’s own Mike Del Rio led the charge for what this city was founded on, great music.Share