Music showcase in Nashville, that didn’t involve country

By Jer’Mykeal McCoy

Phresh & Professional

NASHVILLE – Dozens came out last Wednesday night for the ASCAP Music Showcase at 12th & Porter to hear local and national talent. The showcased was sponsored by the American Society, of Composers, Authors and Publishers and with the comical and enteric Big Fella as host.

Host Big Fella at a previous ASCAP Showcase. Photo Courtesy of Ramiah Branch,

Host Big Fella at a previous ASCAP Showcase. Photo Courtesy of Ramiah Branch,

The ASCAP showcase included seven acts : Mariyo Deon, Black Catfish, Classic Williams, Sincere, The Pato Collection, Lions in the City, and Ebony Love. All the acts brought a variety of genre and performance to the Music City stage.

According to host Big Fella, ASCAP and Access4Artist wanted to push the music scene forward in the Music City beyond country music. Exposing Nashville to artists who aren’t just under the country umbrella.

Hip-hop artist, Mariyo Deon started the night off on powerful note when he came out to his rendition of “Put On” by Kanye West. Accompanied by a live band, Deon’s performance was a mixture of energy that complimented with his smooth bravado.  After performing several of his own songs, it was clear that the next act had big shoes to fill.

“Artist approach ASCAP events with so much energy,” said Leann Phelan, Senior Creative Director at ASCAP’s newly established Nashville Regional Office. “Most artist are excited to be performing on an ASCAP event.” Phelan also said this event was one of several events in Nashville that ASCAP does for genre specific showcases.

Following Deon was the hip-hop trio Black Catfish, who followed the energy for the previous act. The act could be described as a “base-heavey medley of crunch” that hyped the crowd. Next, was Classic Williams, the street-retro rapper with catchy melodies performing his single “Tokyo Lights.”

“I was just out here doing my thing!” said Classic Williams, a local artist who is no stranger to the 12th & Porter stage. Who’s

The hip-hop group, Sincere performed several tracks before the Detroit guitar act, The Pato Collection, took the stage. Starting with a cover of Pharrell’s 2003 hit “Frontin” Pato followed with his acoustic song “Blood, Sweat, and Tears.”  Pato’s performance processed the strings of Motown that could move a Music City crowd.  ASCAP Flyer

The rockers of the night were the Music City band, Lions in the City.  The band rocked as veterans for their first performance at 12th & Porter. After the guitars begin to string, out of the side comes an Afro-rocker who performs off pure adrenaline and passion the reinvigorated the audience.

“I want to make sure that everybody in the room absolutely feels everything that’s happening on the stage,” said Chris (the Afro-rocker), who is lead vocalist for Lions in the City. “The most important part is giving people a show and making them feel something.”

Ending the night on a high note was songstress Ebony Love. Who performed some of her new material in her Nashville debut on last Wednesday.

“I had a good time, I’m just super happy to be here,” said Ebony Love after her Nashville debut. “Im a vessel, I call myself the anti-toxin. I’m here to bring a balance to music.”

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