The Doug Fir Lounge never disappoints. Granted, I’ve only been to a few shows at the venue but each time I’ve been there, I have experienced a good show from start to finish. It was no exception for Eastpointe, Michigan native, JMSN‘s show on Monday. The atmosphere at the Lounge was exactly what you would expect from an artist like JMSN and crew: grown and sexy. The crowd was ready to receive a vibe and I was right there with them.
22 year old Toronto native Alcordo hits the stage solo as the first act. The sultry R&B songstress sent the crowd into a unified sway with her melodic beats and lyrics. By the way she performed one of her hits “Badu,”it was hard to tell she was still fairly new to live performances. If Alcordo’s set at the venue was a precursor of what’s to come from her, she’ll be headlining her own show in virtually no time.
The next act has been sampled by the Six God himself. Brooklyn native Gabriel Garzon-Montano brought just the right taste of what I like to call “Funk N’ Be” to the show. His synths and vocals placed the crowd in a whole new space with songs like “Everything is Everything” and “Keep on Running”. Garzon- Montano also played “Six Eight,” the song sampled and produced by Drake’s friend and engineer Noah “40” Shebib.
The Six God’s song “Jungle” loops Garzon-Montano singing the hook to his song. Garzon-Montano is no stranger to live performances or being put on stage with other talent as he has also toured with the great Lenny Kravitz over in Europe for a time.
After Alcordo and Garzon-Montano set the tone for the crowd, JMSN hit the stage. Accompanied by a live band and a light up sign reading “Drinkin’ with JMSN,” the Michigan native gets his set going with “Slide” off his new project Whatever Makes U Happy.
Dressed head to toe in denim, JMSN moves and grooves to the stylings of the band, engaging the crowd with his “Grown N’ Sexy” demeanor on full tilt. Even his voice when he was speaking to crowd put me in the mind of a Quiet Storm radio host. JMSN played songs from his old albums like “Addicted” and “Most of All.” JMSN has been in the game since 2004. He has been known by many names, but JMSN is the name that is apparently here to stay. Get familiar with it.
Words by: DJ Jones