[Recap] Resonator Festival 2017
On Saturday, August 12th, I started my day waking up in the studio getting right to work when my bro reminded me about the Resonator Festival that was going on in Williamsburg at the beautifully designed and artist-led, National Sawdust.
Nah on some deadass shit, the venue looks like the inside of a space shuttle. I skated to the fest just in time to catch Akinyemi and Zaven’s collaborative performance, all the while bumping into familiar faces and artists in the crowd. The crowd doubles -- then triples -- in size over the course of a few more performances. Artists from all over were entertaining the room of creative thinkers and patrons invested in the arts community.
I resonated most with the festival when a woman by the name of Amy Leon, who rocked an afro and blue painted lips, sung some of the most powerful music I’ve heard in a long time. Her range was masterfully maneuvered and her emotion bled through the venue’s state-of-the-art audio enhancers. Goosebumps were on R.L. Stein level.
I wasn’t able to catch the bulk of the performances due to me running around being throw into conversation but it was easy to tell the crowd enjoyed every minute of the line-up provided by festival organizers Ben Chin and Zaven of the QNA Band. Headliners Oshun closed out the night with a once in a lifetime set featuring QNA and SupeTheDude.
QNA brought out the big guns: A 5-piece horn section to be exact, with keys and drums to match. SupeTheDude excellently weaved metaphors and life lessons together over the instrumental backing. Oshun’s powerful feminine spirit enveloped the crowd into moving and jiving. I’m way to sh…. I mean gangsta for all that movement, but it was fun to see the crowd let loose and get lit. Here’s looking to next annual Resonator Festival and a big thank you to all the artist who got together to make this happen for our community.