- a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.
- a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal.
The “Acoustic Exchange” theme for the month of May was “Transformation”; a word that can be subjective in what it means and where it is applied.
If you are not familiar with the “Acoustic Exchange” it is the residency founded and ran by Steff Reed x New Soul Renaissance that takes place every last tuesday of the month at Harlem Nights Bar ( 138th & Adam Clayton Powell in Harlem). “Acoustic Exchange” is a organic exchange of art and energy amongst creatives of all types. The place fills up with singers, musicians, poets, revolutionaries, activists, painters, dancers, and those who simply appreciate the arts. Then they share. Share their talents, their thoughts, their vibes, their hearts. From the beginning to the end there is an exchange of love between strangers, friends, and family alike that is surreal.
May featured Jillian Faith & Eric Manuel (@jillianfaithmusic & @ericmanuel12) a sister and brother who came all the way from Cincinnati, Ohio to be apart of the “Acoustic Exchange”. Sharing a few original songs as well as covers they started the night off after the always necessary impromptu jam session.
Jam sessions accompany the opening and closing of each “Acoustic Exchange”
R.O.E. which stands for “Rising Over Envy” (@risingoverenvy) is a rapper transplanted to nyc via Chicago as a gift to the ever evolving hip-hop culture. With lyrics full of substance and thought provoking messages R.O.E. gave a refreshing wake-up to the room.
Steff Reed always manages to bring an innovative set to “Acoustic Exchange” this time blending in covers like the one of N.E.R.D’s “She wants to move” amongst his original songs. He also took his set as a chance to honor the legacy that is Prince which left a vibe in the room that showed just how influential a man Prince was and still is.
Shay Leonia ended the night. The gifted songstress as well as her background vocalists released the soul for the night. Starting with a rendition of an original song translated into spanish she showed the versatility that an artist can still have today. Giving respect to many singers of the past who sang in several languages. Think Nina Simone. Shay left the night in a good place with a few covers of classic 90’s.
The night was once again an overall success thanks to the vision and efforts of Steff Reed and those who help bring this event to life.
The last Tuesday of every month at Harlem Nights (2361 7th avenue/138th street. NYC) For More info:http://iamsteffreed.com/acousticexcha…
Showtime is from 8pm-12am
Admission is Free.