Review: Meghan Trainor and Jennifer Hudson’s 4th of July performance on the Ben Franklin Parkway

The performers at Thursday’s Fourth of July show in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art — officially known as the Wawa Welcome America Concert on the Parkway — have the privilege of playing in front of a crowd estimated to be as large as 200,000.

But in fact, headliners Meghan Trainor and Jennifer Hudson, the 2019 main attractions, were opening acts for a fireworks extravaganza (soundtracked by the U.S. Army Field Band) that’s the real star of the show.

In the four years now since the celebration hasn’t been in the hands of the Philly hip-hop band the Roots, the July Fourth show’s character has changed and the headliners’ job has been simplified. The task of Trainor and Hudson was simply to deliver an agreeably entertaining and upbeat, family-friendly evening to keep the crowd happy enough as they wait in anticipation for explosions in the sky.

The US Army Band performs as the rockets red glare explode over the Art Museum during the Welcome America Fourth of July festivities in Phila., Pa. on July 4, 2019.
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The US Army Band performs as the rockets red glare explode over the Art Museum during the Welcome America Fourth of July festivities in Phila., Pa. on July 4, 2019.

By that measure, they each succeeded capably. (The night showed no interest in repeating the pro-immigration political message presented by last year’s Cuban American headliner, Pitbull, a.k.a Mr. Worldwide.)

Trainor, the 25-year-old Nantucket, Mass., native best known for her 2014 body-positive hit “All About the Bass,” was the de facto headliner, putting on a well-paced and professional set that had girls and boys and moms and dads dancing to lightweight hip-hop-flavored pop and more old-fashioned R&B and doo-wop stylings.

Meghan Trainor performs during the Welcome America Fourth of July festivities in Philadelphia on July 4, 2019.
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Meghan Trainor performs during the Welcome America Fourth of July festivities in Philadelphia on July 4, 2019.

Trainor offered fans a sampling of tracks from an upcoming unreleased album; carried off her duet with John Legend, “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” well enough without him; and brought out her father, Gary, to dance on “Dance Like Your Daddy.” How wholesome is that?

And if she has any fear of being labeled a one-hit wonder for the success of “All About the Bass,” which she has since failed to duplicate, she didn’t show it. She chose instead to open with the song, winning the crowd over immediately.

A performance by two-time Grammy Award-winning artist and Academy Award-winning actress, Jennifer Hudson, alongside the Philly POPS BIG Band on July 4, 2019.
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A performance by two-time Grammy Award-winning artist and Academy Award-winning actress, Jennifer Hudson, alongside the Philly POPS BIG Band on July 4, 2019.

The audience responded to old-school R&B and gospel-influenced material from her 10-year solo career, swaying back and forth with miniature American flags in hand on “Spotlight” and joining in call-and-response with the 37-year-old singer on ”Where Ya At.”

And while backed by the Philly POPS BIG band as well as her own musicians and trio of singers — the superb Hudsonettes — she also had some surprises and quiet moments in store.

“My favorite song and my favorite song to sing” turned out to be Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” transformed into more of an over-the-top spiritual than it is in many more introspective covers.

“Gone,” a heartsick song from her 2011 I Remember Me, the first album she recorded after three of her family members were murdered in 2008, was delicately delivered, accompanied by acoustic guitar. And to reach her youngest fans — those who know her only from the 2016 animated children’s movie Sing — she sang two old songs: The Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers” and “Carry That Weight.”

But of course, Hudson’s set came to a crescendo with “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” the show-stopper from Dreamgirls, which she intro’d by thanking the crowd for “sitting through all that stuff,” since “I know this is what you came for.”

A performance by two-time Grammy Award-winning artist and Academy Award-winning actress, Jennifer Hudson, alongside the Philly POPS BIG Band on July 4, 2019.
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A performance by two-time Grammy Award-winning artist and Academy Award-winning actress, Jennifer Hudson, alongside the Philly POPS BIG Band on July 4, 2019.

As she displayed her dynamic range, fans were heard to respond with three words she likely hears every time she performs the song: “Sing it, girl!” She followed that with an encore of The Greatest Showman’s “Never Enough,” penned by the hot songwriting team of Justin Paul and Ardmore’s own Benj Pasek.

Before the headlining acts hit the stage and the televised portion of the show began, acts of various genres played at smaller stages up and down the Parkway, ranging from South Jersey rock sister act Nalani & Sarina to the high school dance act Mina’s Power Squad to the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers.

The Chill Moody Stage was curated by the West Philly rapper who’s one-half of the hip-hop soul duo &More. The six-hour slate of bands came to a close with DJ Active & Friends, and the deejay didn’t disappoint, bringing out the Philly rapper Bri Steves — sporting a throwback Jerry Stackhouse Sixers Jersey — and State Property emcee Philly Freeway, who had hard-core hip-hop heads nodding in approval.

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Gromo and Hush Unveil Another Hit in, “Find Me (Marco Polo)”

After establishing hits together in the past few years with “R.I.P.” and “Hurry”. New York collaborators Gromo and Hush reunite for another bonafide hit, titled, “Find Me (Marco Polo)”.
The perfect jump-on point for newfound fans, “Find Me” is a heavy bass dance-driven track infused with catchy vocals that tell the story of the die young leave a good looking corpse. With Gromo behind the boards, Hush provides smooth lyrics of grandeur. Like previous efforts, the song is another radio-friendly breakout.

An undeniable talent, Gromo has an accomplished catalog and sound that trailblazes a promising career due to his brilliance, execution and consistency. Ready to leave a lasting impression on dance music with a stacked catalog, Gromo promises more new music on the way in the coming months.

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Lucy Brassy Presents “The American Dream” Coming Soon…

Luca Brassy announces the upcoming release of “The American Dream” Volume 1: Letter on the Table.  This International Affair will be released on May 14th, 2019 on all major streaming platforms.

The seasoned artist and NY native, has gone abroad and throughout the states to enlist an elite group of musicians for the mixtape series.  Artists hail from West, Central, and South Africa to North Carolina, California, New York, Rhode Island, Ohio, and Michigan.

“Each volume of the mixtapes will convey a new theme from diverse artists and emcees. I’m excited to announce StartToDate.com, the latest alternative dating site is sponsoring the mixtape series.” -Luca Brassy

For those not familiar with the site, their mission is to create a social atmosphere where anyone can come and be accepted on their journey to find a partner, especially those suffering from lifelong conditions. The developers believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be happy and find love, so stop worrying, start dating, live happy, and be free with StartToDate.com!

The debut mixtape of the series “Letter on the Table” delivers multi-genre records with fused soundscapes of R&B, classic Hip-Hop, Soul, Pop, and Reggae. Each artist was hand selected by Brassy to ensure a lyrical masterpiece.

“It’s the dream of all involved to reach the masses and we are ready to do what it takes to reach what we like to call…”The American Dream”…POW! -Luca Brassy

 

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About Luca Brassy

Born & raised in New York, USA, Luca Brassy, has been building a reputation in the Tri-State area as one of the hottest emcees in the region. His journey started in entertainment through professional wrestling at age 13. By 16, he was running his own professional wrestling training center. Luca Brassy discovered his love for writing & music in 2004 and met Jgreen Moneytalkz who has been producing his music ever since. The multifaceted artist and emcee has performed at numerous cities and states including Schenectady, Albany, Glens Falls, Amsterdam, Rochester, Pittsfield, Pittsburgh, Massachusetts, Buffalo, Newport Rhode Island, Brooklyn, Bronx NY, Manhattan, Staten Island, Ardmore PA, Uniontown Alabama, Birmingham, Atlanta GA, Marshall NC, among others while opening up for Hip-Hop legends including Rakim and Lil Kim. Luca Brassy is now moving in a new direction with his music and putting his old school lyrical mentality to use with his club vibe which has brought him a whole new fan base as well as a different kind of recognition. Luca was recently signed to Sony RED where he released 2 singles “Like That” and “3000” (produced by Younglord) and runs his own podcast every Sunday – called Brassy’s World.

Luca Brassy is proudly promoted in SA by Slight Edge Media & Promotions.

 

Queens of Delaware

Queens of Delaware
Presented by
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April 26th 2019
@ The Wilmington Drama doors open at 7 pm show starts at 8 pm till 11pm.

A host of phenomenal Queens are based out of Delaware will be preforming on one just, it’s A one night only affair. It’s will be a show no one should miss. Hosted by Anthony A. The Queens are Tracey A, Laydi Legz, Tracey Raheem, Ms Millie, Jaz “The Voice Jordon, An Letreece and Charlii Bluu. This is a line up of extreme talent all on one stage. The Queens Band members Brittney Nicole, Tina Woo, Darrly Brown and Andre Webster, these band members have preformed on tour with major signed artist. So they are ready to play and play from here to the moon. This show will sky rocket 🚀. Tickets are $25. & more at the door the night of the show. So get your tickets now.

Philly Duo Dumb Ugly Debut “Casket” LP

Philly Sensation, Dumb Ugly announce the release of their debut album “Casket”, available on all major streaming platforms.
Biz Mighty and Aayu deliver an unorthodox multi-genre fused album brimming with insanely thumping beats, psychedelic pulsations, and riveting cadences. This album is set to unleash that ravenous monster inside all of us.

“Ugly” is the record that introduces the bizarre duo to the world through feared yet enticing lyrics, delivered anthem style.  Records “Dead As Fuck”, and “Knife” have a revolutionary impact on societal issues including system resistance. “A Thief Always” hits home to those struggling to survive in a world of uncertainty and thieving with purpose.  For listeners who appreciate an adrenaline injected rave will press repeat on “Louis C.K. (Throw Dat).” The duo even includes a twisted love song titled “Ewe” about a man who becomes influential through all the mind games gunned his way.
The leading single off the album “Stay Dead” triggers thought provoking read between the lines, and caution tape scenarios that occur regularly in communities brimming with corruption and conceit.  Watch “Stay Dead” below and stream “Casket” above.

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