FRESH PRODUCE BOOGIES DOWN AT THE REMOTE LOUNGE
Thursday April 28, 2005
Written by Meredith Mannino
Photographed by Angelo Rivera
I caught the second Fresh Produce
showcase (at the Remote Lounge) a few weeks ago;
the first FP show was in 2004 in Tribeca at M1-5.
Fresh Produce is an assortment of dedicated, rhythm,
Hip-Hop, and funk lovin’ musicians/artists
that are really psyched to perform live, and spread
the Fresh Produce passion, dedication and energy.
Fresh Produce was formed by George
Gomez and Eric Young. The two are working hard to
make things happen with the project and its artists.
"We're aiming at creating an atmosphere for
up and coming talent to showcase their stage shows.
. . almost like a breeding ground for live shows.
I think we're on our way to becoming a place that
breaks and helps build a lot of new talent,”
The show opened with Esco, a New
Jersey born rapper who grew up in North Carolina.
Esco is a talented rapper and an evocative performer.
He’s working on his own CD, and has a collaborative
album in the works, as well. Fresh Produce, he told
me, is appealing because it brings together various
audiences. According to Esco, this is especially
important. “My goal,” he said, “is
to get as many people as possible to hear me.”
Next, Carmen Chiles and her band
electrified the stage. The stunning Carmen sings
and plays rhythm guitar in her band, comprised of
Nate Lavoie on drums, Mark Albright on saxophone,
and older brother Lawrence Chiles on bass. Carmen
possesses a lot of charisma, talent, sophistication
and style. Her voice is strong and sweet, and is
well supported by her band’s Red Hot Chili
Pepper-esque sounds. My personal favorite song is
entitled “Don’t Wanna Let You Go.”
To give you an idea of just how
cool Fresh Produce performer P.S. is, please note
her musical influences: Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin,
The Beatles, Queen, Nirvana and Prince. Just try
and imagine the artist that such genius would inspire
and you’ll grasp the greatness of P.S., another
extremely captivating and talented performer in
the Fresh Produce roster. She’s a petite and
attractive woman with a very big and soulful voice.
I had the pleasure of chatting
with both Carmen and P.S. Carmen described the Fresh
Produce players as having “a lot of honest
love for music.” Her long term goal is to
become a successful recording artist, and she and
her band are currently negotiating a deal with an
independent label. Their EP is complete and they’re
“just waiting on the distribution," she
Carmen is an extremely optimistic and focused young talent, and that energy certainly comes through in her music.
“I’m proud of our
band. We’re pursuing our dreams. Things are
happening for us and I’m really excited about
it," she says.
Rock on, Carmen!
P.S. has a very accurate name
for the style of music that she makes--she calls
it “soul rock.” This description is
so appropriate because P.S. is all soul while the
musicians that accompany her fall closer to alternative
rock on the musical spectrum. The mix of the two
genres is refreshing and vibrant.
“When I hear the riff of
the electric guitar it moves me so much. I want
to fight with it and control it," she says.
P.S. says she knew soul rock would
work when she met Carmen. According to P.S., fame
would be great, but superstardom isn’t her
“Whether I make it big or
not, I just wanna sing," she says.
Another sizzlin’ female
rocker was Nonameko. Her voice is delicious and
she is equally as beautiful. The Oakland, California
native was turned on at a young age to Ella Fitzgerald,
Charlie Parker, Sly & the Family Stone, Peter
Tosh and Whodini. Later she fell in love with Hip-Hop
and knew her fate was to immerse herself in the
art form. She is currently working on her debut
album entitled Goddess, to be released
by Loud Minority Records.
Brooklyn’s Spec Boogie
was a special guest performer with Nonameko. I think
photographer Angelo Rivera gave the most eloquent
description of Spec Boogie when he referred to the
rapper as “a throw-down man with class.”
Elucid also gave a stellar performance. He’s old school rap with a lot of character and strength. Great show, and isn’t the name Elucid cool??
Von Pea & Donwill was one
of my favorite acts; I loved Von Pea’s engaging
facial expressions and the duo’s jazzy Hip-Hop
beats and rhymes. Von Pea and Donwill are two of
the three Tanya Morgan players.
Che Grand took the stage at some point and I was glad he did! He definitely knows how to please the crowd, boogie and bust out the beat.
Cyren Young, aka Eric Jones, gave
a fabulous performance. His voice reminds me of
Stevie Wonder’s, and he’s very committed
to promoting the artists in the Fresh Produce network
where he is a key player.
P. S. and Carmen Chiles
Keep your eyes and ears
open for upcoming Fresh Produce shows, or individual
appearances by any of these talented artists.