Ohhhhhh man... SOUL SOPHISTICATION's 2 Year Anniversary was really an epic evening! Iri J. Nelson and I pulled out all the stops to try to bring a really relaxed and eclectic evening with some added touches. First and foremost... was had a LIVE BAND: RUPPERT SPIELT! Consisting of four members, Ruppert Spielt is a German cover band with a really amazing sound! Consisting of Heiko Axel on the Cajon (drums), Alex Huhn on Bass, Harald Pfeil on lead guitar and Sven Ruppert on backup guitar/lead vocals. These guys brought their own PA, lighting kit and had everything setup in under and hour... It added such a great atmosphere having them there!
In addition to having a live band, Iri and his wife Melanie put together three gift baskets to give away: a ladies package, a guys package (not a penis...) and a couples package. We did a bit of trivia and a impromptu "newlywed game" for the couples package... In regards to Iri and I's game show presence... I think next time we should hire Drew Carey...
We also had an awesome amount of performers! Local emcee "Knowledge Bone" made an appearance dropping one of his underground hip-hop tracks! Bre Bartlett, a Soul Sophistication veteran performed her FIRST memorized poem which was a real metamorphosis in her performance development. A newcomer by the moniker "Ben FX" laid down some serious beatboxing! It was a welcomed surprise for sure! Iri and I of course did our usual thing; bouncing between hosting duties and performance poetating. The lovely guitarist and singer named Tess Koller performed some awesome covers to include her famous Katie Perry "Dark Horse" acoustic cover (Click HERE to see a past performance).
Later in the evening, SOUL SOPHISTICATION's 'DJ Corey' (as we affectionately call him) actually records and produces some smooth neo-soul tracks under the name Terrano Hills. He performed and asked Heiko, the live drummer, to give him a beat... needless to say this was my favorite performance! Soon after another Soul virgin came to the stage named Carmen and she did a little acapella doo-wop jazz tune! Ruppert Spielt of course jammed out for most of the night which was a pleasure for everyone to hear! Check out a sampling of the pictures below and be sure to check us out on FRIDAY, 6 MARCH for the next SOUL SOPHISTICATION!!
(All photos courtesy of Jaren Brinker)