The Tay Bennett Entertainment (TBE) leader also interrupted his set to announce that rapper-singer Bianca Shaw is the latest artist and first female signed to his label.
Taylor Bennett brought conviction and consciousness to his make-up headline show at Los Angeles' Echoplex on Thursday (Sep. 7), along with a new school wave of enlightened artists in tow.
Enlisting a strictly Chicago-bred crew of emerging artists, opening acts included rappers Melo Makes Music and Brian Fresco with Radd Simmons and Mike P. Bennett's official tour DJ, taking over spin duties during the evening's set changeovers. But it was the night's penultimate performer and Taylor's new label signee, Bianca Shaw, that captivated the audience with her spitfire lyricism and swaggy vocals -- not to mention an insanely talented full live band dubbed "Attack the Sound" that helped amplify and complement Shaw's empowered sensibility.
Entering the stage on drums equipped with LED drumsticks, the musician's 30-minute set included originals like the supercharged "Elevator," the psychotically chilled "Bi-Polar" and even a feisty and flirty cover of Amy Winehouse's "Valerie" which saw the crowd bounce with unwavering approval and Bennett observing intently from the green room.