Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols kicked off the 5th season of ATL Live on the Park last night at Park Tavern, with the best season opener yet! The refreshing show that highlights the best in new and classic R&B artists made a return that could not be ignored. Guest host Tai Boogie – the Wild Afrikan, the new houseband, Quinn and Jukebox and DJ Trauma rocked a packed-out crowd through a night full of stellar performances by newcomer Kameron Corvet, R&B sensation Noel Gourdin, and headliner, “Lil John” Roberts, with a handful of special guests including the legendary Musiq Soulchild. ATL Live on the Park is sponsored by Gentleman Jack, The W-Hotel Midtown and Belvedere Vodka.
New artist, Maclyn Lucille, winner of the social media audition campaign, opened the show with an impressive rendition of Deborah Cox’s “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here.” Lucille wowed listeners with her outstanding vocals and received a grand applause from the audience of influentials including R&B singer, Algebra. Kameron Corvet took to the stage next with only his guitar for an amazing acoustic set. He swooned the audience with his Miguel-like vocals during his songs, “I Miss the Way” and “Lead Me to You”. After Corvet, the party continued as DJ Trauma kept Park Tavern jamming with the best old school jams and Atlanta classics. Next, Noel Gourdin hit the stage toasting to life and performing his hit songs “Beautiful” and “The River” along with the single “Heaven Knows” – a jazzy ode to a woman that stays by her man’s side after dealing with what only “Heaven knows” – off his latest album “City Heart, Southern Soul.”
Shanti and Marlon saved the best for last as internationally-known drummer “Lil John” Roberts and his many guests performed a stunning set as the finale for the night. Roberts opened his performance by introducing his notable band that included top musician, Tomi Martin on guitar. He went on to perform three songs from his new album, “The Heartbeat”. “Get Right” a rap track featuring the raw and talented Saroc the MC, and “Grand Scheme” a ballad featuring Byron Sowell’s powerful vocals, warmed up the audience. Last, but surely not least, Roberts performed “It’s Your Time” featuring Chantae Cann and surprise special guest, Musiq Soulchild. The crowd rushed to the stage at the sight of the R&B legend and thoroughly enjoyed the smooth sounds of Soulchild’s voice intertwined with the sultry vocals of Chantae Cann. After “It’s Your Time”, “Lil John” Roberts, encouraged by host Tai Boogie and a hype crowd, then began to play Soulchild’s classic hit, “Girlfriend” which led to a live impromptu performance by Musiq Soulchild.
This wrapped up the season opener with the crowd excited and ready for the next month’s performances. All the artists thanked Shanti Das for the opportunity presented from ATL Live on the Park, and she in return encouraged the crowd to appreciate these artists by continuing to “support black music.”
Next month, ASCAP will host the May edition of ATL Live on the Park on May 13th, 2014 at Park Tavern. For more information, please visit: www.atlliveonthepark.com
Notables in attendance included: Neo-Soul singer, Algebra, Clay Evans of Grand Hustle, singer Anthony David, Roger Bobb of Bobbcat Films, Keinon Johnson of Interscope and Attorney Marvin Arrington.
Musiq Soulchild Video Performance: http://vimeo.com/91532331
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