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August 21, 2013
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Newark, NJ – On Friday, August 16th, I attended Center Stage Cuts Barbershop’s The Merger mini concert. Yes, I said barbershop. Prior to attending the event I did not know what to think because the min concert featured several local artists’ name that I was not formal with being from greater-Newark area. However I did know about one artist, Knew Era.
I was introduced to Knew Era through a friend on the social networking site Facebook. So I decided to see Center Stage Cuts Barbershop located at 402 Broad Street in Newark near the Newark Bears baseball stadium. The easy way to change a critic’s mind is to blow their socks off and Center Stage Cuts Barbershop did just that.
As I walked up to the Center Stage Cuts I was greeted by the shop’s owner. I thanked him for allowing Music Is Life to cover the event for you, our #MusicLovers. Once we enter the shop I was pleasantly shocked with not only the décor but the crowd, employees and overall the ambiance of the barbershop.
Immediately upon entering you are taken away by a beautiful graffiti wall, a large bar, unbelievable artwork and smiling faces.
I arrived just in to met one of the evening’s performers, Traz Messiah. Traz Messiah is a unique band that mixes hip-hop and rock to perfection. For full videos of Traz Messiah’s sound check please visit our official YouTube channel.
Up next for sound check was certified rock star Queen Ella. Due to a time constraint Queen Ella was on and off but that did not effect her performance one bit.
Center Stage Cuts Barbershop was ready to put on a show! As the lights grew dimmer and the audience grew larger, a R&B singer Dreamy took the stage first.
Before she sang her opening number, Dreamy told the audience a little more about her as an artist.
Dreamy confessed that at one point of her career she was signed to the highly respected record executive Vincent Herbert. Unfortunately things did not work out for Dreamy but she is more motivated than ever to make her break as a solo artist.
This Hilltop Entertainment artist proved that she is worth a second listen. For full videos of Dreamy’s performance please visit our official YouTube channel. If you want even more feel free to check her out on SoundCloud here.
The next performer to grace the stage was a spoken word artist and poet named Tima Zahara. Although she seemed nervous before hitting the stage armed with a microphone and something to say the words elegantly left her lips.
The once shy poet made the audience feel every word she wrote, every emotion she felt and much more.
The room filled with snaps after each poem which covered topics such as acceptance of one’s inner beauty and social issues.
Performing alongside an amazing guitar player the music brought so much more to her poetry.
According to Time Zahara she “been about that”.
To hear Tima Zahara’s poetry please visit our official YouTube Channel and be sure to check out our candid quick bit with Tima Zahara.
As momentum grew after Tima Zahara’s poetic justice, a pop artist from Newark named Queen Ella, took to the stage ready to bring the house down.
Just when I thought Center Stage cuts couldn’t surprise me with anymore amazing artists I was so wrong. The next act was Queen Ella.
The fiery red head and her amazing band kicked it into high gear. The songstress performed three songs two of her original tracks “Day 1″ and Remember as well as her spin on Rihanna’s Stay.
Queen Ella’s performance was just limited to music but light-hearted jokes about guys and event relationship advice.
For full videos of Queen Ella’s performance please visit our official YouTube channel.
Queen Ella’s new single “Criminal of Love” is available for purchase in the iTunes store here.
The next artists need no introduction. What do you get when you put two kick ass guitar players, one bad ass drummer and lead vocalist Traz? You get the band Traz Messiah.
Future! The final act I was able see perform was the band Traz Messiah.
Lead vocalist, Traz, is a native Newarker and often speaks of his experiences growing up in Newark in the bands music.
In fact, “These Are My Roots”, highlights some of Newark’s most famous events (Barringer High School versus Malcolm X. Shabazz High School athletic competitions) and landmarks (South Orange Avenue).
As Traz Messiah prepared to leave the stage, the lead vocalist expressed how important it is for music lovers to support independent artist in order to see a change in the music radio heads will play and which artist are signed to major record labels.
For full videos of Traz Messiah’s sound check please visit our official YouTube channel.
Unfortunately due to the late start I was not able to see Knew Era or Butta Sahdeez perform. Please feel free to check out Knew Era’s latest mixtape Behind The Music on DatPiff here. Please feel free to check out Butta Sahdeez’s mixtape Beastmode Vol. 1 The Black Edition on DatPiff as well here.
Center Stage Cuts Barbershop is an amazing company doing amazing things for the citizens of Newark, New Jersey.
Again a want to thank the owner of Center Stage Cuts Barbershop for allowing Music Is Life to meet these talented musicians. With many more amazing events held at Center Stage Cuts Barbershop this will not be the last time you see a Music Is Life representative there.
For photos of Center Stage Cuts Barbershop’s The Merger mini concert featuring Knew Era, Tima Zahara, Queen Ella, Dreamy, Traz Messiah and Butta Sahdeez . Individuals seeking to use any of the photos and/or videos of The Merger please give the proper credit.