In an effort to provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists in an interactive way, BATCAVE Studio hosted a music review at The Arts Garage, located at 1533 Ridge Ave., drawing a large crowd of people eager to hear Philly talent.
Nicholas “Biz” Porter of BATCAVE Studio co-hosted the review with Dwayne Murchison, a producer known as “Wiz Gamb,” to create a space for artists to have their music reviewed by attendees and a number of people representing various industries. With a total of 10 acts participating, the crowd was lively as artists took the stage.
“As for the review itself, it went excellent,” Porter said.
The event consisted of a large Philly audience intermingled with representatives from various media groups, bloggers and record label Ruffhouse Records.
Wiz Gamb and the crowd also showed their appreciation has he announced the presence of community activist Charles “Charlie Mack” Alston, a veteran in the entertainment industry and creator of “Charlie Mack Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend.”
Alston felt it is important to have events of this kind in the city.
“I think it’s important for a number of reasons — that people see a possibility for a chance of life outside of Philadelphia. I think I represent the possibility, I represent a realistic opportunity for you to actually take your career and take it on to something grand and national and international — I like to call myself that bridge,” he said. “I think this is a really great night, there’s a lot of people out and I definitely credit it to Biz and BATCAVE Studio.”
Among the 10 participating performers were, Graviti Ent., FChain, Von, Philly Chase and Susan Bilodeau “Suzyn B.”
Suzyn B, hailing from Virginia, learned of the review from following Porter on Twitter. She performed hits from Teena Marie and Adele and felt reviews like this should be held in the Virginia, Maryland and D.C. area.
“I enjoyed myself, I performed all classics, Teena Marie ‘Lovergirl’ and then I performed [songs] by hero Adele — I wanted to show my versatility,” she said. “This is my first time here, love and respect for the DMV but Maryland don’t know anything about what’s going on here — and it wasn’t nothing without no big beautiful girl.”
In addition to the 10 selected artists, BATCAVE organized performances from artists, Yazz the Greatest, Chinko Da Great and Inner City Hustlers (I.C.H).
While keeping the environment upbeat in between acts, the co-hosts also encouraged community engagement by giving away money for parents to buy schoolbooks for their children.
Porter was happy with the event and was pleased with the exposure for the artists.
“It was specifically made to get certain people there in a non panel atmosphere and get the fans there in a different way. I wanted to create an event called a review, I’m on the outside reviewing their whole participation, like how they react to record labels,” he said. “The response was overwhelming — Ruffhouse Records showed a heavy interest Chinko Da Great, an artist I promote.”
With a variety of performances, networking and mingling, the audience had the opportunity to see local talent.
“This is the home of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, everybody that is successful within the music business, even if they’re not from Philadelphia, has somebody intricately involved in their career from Philly,” Alston said. “You have to have someone from Philadelphia inside your camp, that’s probably what I’m most proud of from Philadelphia.”