Today, I spent most of my time at the MTVu Woodie Festival, which led up to the MTVu Woodie Awards. The festival showcased up-and-coming artists, and got the crowd pumped up for the awards show that night.
**NOTE: ALL PHOTOS/VIDEO ARE PROPERTY OF EMILY KATZ
One of my favorite acts at the festival was 18-year old Raury (http://www.facebook.com/weraur). His performance was refreshing, as his songs encompass a wide spectrum of musical genres. His opening song was a pure rock track, while some of the others had elements of rap, pop, and R&B combined. He preached about sticking together as a community and making changes in the world as a younger generation. Performing with him was a background band of bass, guitar, back-up vocalists, and my favorite… a KEYTAR.
(Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne)
Next was a performance from UK natives Clean Bandit (http://www.facebook.com/cleanbandit). All of the songs they performed had the sound of a nightclub dance pop hit, but the addition of the violin and cello made each song stand out from generic dance club hits. To close their set, they brought out special guest Jess Glynne (http://www.facebook.com/JessGlynne) to perform their number one hit “Rather Be.”
One of my favorite performances of the day was from MisterWives (http://www.facebook.com/MisterWives), a dance/pop/soul group from New York City. Lead singer Mandy Lee won over the crowd with her non-stop dancing and running all over the stage while hitting a wide range of notes. They were fun to watch, and had the audience dancing the entire time. Check out this video clip I took of them performing their hit “Reflections.”