Sunday night was as close to a dream as we assumed it would be the moment the lineup was announced for Jonquel's "Meet Me At The Garden".
As fall slowly makes it's way in and the nights get a little longer, sultry soul music is a welcomed visitor. Along with Solace, Erva Carter and Wolfe de Mchls, Jonquel brought fall in with a bang at Avant Garden.
Jonquel opened the show up, which says a lot about him seeing as he put the show together, and every second of his performance erupted with a genuine feeling of love and excitement. His spirit is as dope as his talent is and from the moment he got on the mic, everyone in the room was clearly comfortable and engaged. With a perfect mix of powerful vocals and refined lyricism, Jonquel possesses a resolute talent for being on stage that everyone needs to witness in person.
As the show continued with Solace, Erva Carter and Wolfe de Mchls, the environment that Jonquel set from the very first second flowed through the crowd with each and every song. Solace's seraphic voice and stage presence along with an electric guitar accompaniment made us instant fan's and garnered plenty of "oh wow, who is that?" whispers from those in the crowd who were unfamiliar with her.
From one extreme to another, Wolfe de Mchls took the stage with commanding force and positive message of spreading love before breaking into his set, with Jonquel providing background vocals. A combination of unreleased music and well-known previously released tracks, de Mchls left everything on the stage. If you are a fan of Wolfe de Mchls' music and have not had the chance to see him perform live, find a way to do so, ASAP. Both his stage presence and sheer talent are something to behold. Everyone in attendance was singing along with de Mchls by the time his set was over.
There was no better energy to bring to the stage next than that of Erva Carter, Whether she reels you in with her captivating presence or her out of this world voice, when Erva takes the stage you have no choice but to pay her your undivided attention. There is an element to Erva Carter's music and sound that appeals to concert goers carnal desires as much as it does their spirit. By the end of her set, new fans and those familiar with her were all but groveling over Erva.
Shouts of encouragement, loud "woo" and "yessss" outbursts and attendees going word for word with the artists made "Meet Me At The Garden" a family affair with more love and support than we can even express in words.
Moral of the story, do not miss the next chance to see any or all of these artists live.
Huge shoutout to Izzar Thomas for the shots from Sunday. Make sure you are there next time!