There’s nothing like the feeling of casually going to show on a weeknight and experiencing a new band for the first time. The hope and sometimes naiveté of new artists shine bright through stage lights as artists vie for an audience’s approval. The result can be less than stellar, but for Tidal, its curated show of up-and-coming talent was a solid success.
On Tuesday night, Tidal put on an event called Tidal x Rising at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. The event, presented by Tidal and Zappos, streamed live from the Tidal website for members and non-members alike. Attendees were treated to performances from x, Lion Babe, Lucas DiPasquale, Topaz Jones, Kamau and Magic!.
The event kicked off with an energetic yet meaningful performance from Kamau. At the end of the set, Kamau asked the crowd to raise their fists in the air and take a moment of silence for Terence Crutcher, a black man from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was shot and killed by police last week (the videotape of the shooting was released this week to the public). He ended by asking the audience to physically embrace and verbally express love to each other.
Next up was Lucas DiPasquale, who performed with a guitar and even did a cover of Atlantic Records recording artist Kranium’s “Nobody Has to Know.” DiPasquale’s sultry and slightly rustic voice was a refreshing take on Caribbean-influenced popular music. After DiPasquale, an impressive Topaz Jones hit the stage. Topaz, a budding star in his own right, performed various music from his repertoire including “Motion Sickness” and crowd favorite “Winona.” Lyrically adept and melodically skilled, Topaz successfully moved a crowd who was relatively unfamiliar with the East Coast rapper.
Ending the night was a performance by Lion Babe followed by a headlining set from Magic!, the band whose 2014 hit “Rude” just hit 1 billion views on Vevo in August. When asked about what’s next for the group, Magic! told Billboard, “Lots of touring. Time to start working on the third album. We’re going to South America in October, Japan in December, trying to hit Australia again in February.” Their album Primary Colours (via RCA Records) is out now. Check it out and their lead single, “Red Dress.”