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Urban Dreamz the Main Act

31 Jul

After performing a few small gigs around Houston, Urban Dreamz landed its first main act slot on the West Gray Showcase at Hefley’s with The Wild Rabbit Salad Band opening the show. This slot came about after performing at the Hefley’s open mic in May 2011 where we impressed JW Wind, who runs the Showcase.  One evening in July, JW called and said, “Would you guys like to perform as the main act for a 45 minute set?” We accepted and starting building up our set list.

On Tuesday, July 26, we took the stage at 8:30 p.m. We were both a little nervous, but as we went through the set, we interacted with the audience and ended up putting on a great show, performing a variety of  cover songs which included Adelle’s “Rolling In the Deep,” a Tina Turner version of “Proud Mary,” and Pink’s “Perfect.” We finished off the set with a heartfelt rendition of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”

Not only did we debut new cover songs, we also introduced  a few new original songs to the audience. One of them was an uptempo song called “Better Together,” which I wrote in 2010 with Beth Kille, a songwriter from Wisconsin. The song was not originally written as a duet, but once we started Urban Dreamz and were looking for songs it seemed to fit right in with our style and what we were looking for. So we reworked it to where we were singing lines back and forth to each other, sort of like a call and response. We also slowed it down with a passionate ballad written by my duo partner Aurelia Arredondo called “Shiny Weather.”

I think our first show as the main act at The West Gray Showcase turned out to be a success. We’re continuing to add songs to our set list and are working on more originals, so keep an eye out for updates on what’s next for Urban Dreamz as we pursue our musical dreams and do our best to entertain our audiences.

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This is just the beginning!

31 May

Urban Dreamz had a great turn out for our first performance at a small place called Hefley’s in Houston. We had 10 people from Spectra come out to happy hour before our performance telling them that the music started at 8 p.m. But at 7:30, the opening band started and played for an hour. They were very mellow and were  playing some classic country like Johnny Cash. Some of our fans were getting bored and restless. Then once the open mic actually started, we were third on the list, so there was still another 30 minutes of other performers. Finally at 9 p.m. we took that stage ready to rock it out.

We began our three song set with “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” by Thompson Square, but as I strummed the first chords, the sound system was going in and out, so the guys running it came up and fixed it and we started, but before we got to the chorus it was going in and out again. But we fought our way through it and still got a great reaction from the audience.

For our second song, we decided to do an the original that got us to this venue. The song “Make it Up as We Go” was a song that I started with a co-writer, Sherry Brusso, and actually got to work on with her while we were in Nashville in March. Sherry is very set on writing a duet for the duo Steel Magnolia, so we set out to write a duo when I brought her the idea for this song. Little did I know, a few months later it would be perfect for our break out song as Urban Dreamz. The first time we performed it was at a Nashville Songwriters meeting where were getting it critiqued. It just so happened JW Wind was in the group and said “he was bobbing his head to it and could definitely see driving down the road to this song.” At the end of the presentation, he said “you guys come on out to my open mic at Hefley’s and bring some liveliness to it every Tuesday.”

Everyone loved the performance of our first original “Make it Up as We Go.” Then we ended our set by getting everyone up to their feet with our rendition of “Stuck Like Glue”!

After our performance we got so many compliments, but also got invited to open for an Indie Group called Prairie Cadets. They were so excited and mentioned more than one venue that we could open for them if we had a larger set of originals. So the challenge is on! Write great duet original songs and open for them sometime in the Fall. Stay tuned to see what Urban Dreamz is up to next.

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