Of Verona and Blaqstarr Live at the Music Box in the New Music Seminar

Last night on Valentine’s Day, I attended the New Music Seminar’s Opening Party at the Music Box in Hollywood, CA. The New Music Seminar is a three day event to learn about the music business. You can find out more information here newmusicseminar.com/

Several acts performed that night, although, I just want to report on the ones I liked (because this blog is about music I like, and not so much on ragging on stuff I don’t like), and two of those artists that performed were Of Verona and Blaqstarr.

Of Verona, a band with members from Brooklyn and Canada nestled here in LA, is a new rock band, being MTV’s “Bands to know in 2011”. The lead singer, Mandy Perkins, lead an amazing show. She had spot on vocals, energy, presence and a unique look. Of Verona set an upbeat, although mellow mood in the Music Box theater. They had the crowd moving and really digging the music.

Check out their EP here:

They performed Match, Raining and a couple of other songs. This band is totally worth live. They made my night.

Following was Blaqstarr.

Very fun. The music had heavy bass, repeating hooks, funky dance beats and the crowd was definitely dancing and getting down. At one point, Blaqstarr got to the DJ turntables and was spinning himself. He stopped the music and said that since it was Valentine’s Day, he was getting a message to play a certain song, then proceeded to play “Candlelight” and a singer came out to sing the song. Blaqstarr is from Baltimore and is known for working with M.I.A.

Check out both of these artists. Both are great live, definitely worth seeing.


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