Soleil Barros Arts Editor
Sylvia Barjolo Journal Contributor
Saturday evening, singer and songwriter Cris Cab made his way back to Boston, headlining The Rise Tour, making a stop at local venue T.T. the Bears, located in Cambridge. The 19-year-old Miami native returned to life on the road once again to promote his third EP, Rise. Fellow musicians Red Arlington – better known as Corey Leonard, and Sebastian Mikael, shared the intimate stage with Cab for the evening.
Cab treated his Boston fans to a full set of upbeat tracks from Rise, along with a few original title tracks including “Good Girls (Don’t Grow On Trees)” and “My Life.”
The night kicked off with Red Arlington, taking the stage to set the mood for the fun-filled night. Having such a local name, it came as no surprise to find that the 25-year-old hip-hop artist hails from Arlington, MA. Drawing inspirations from artists such as Asher Roth, Sam Adams, and Mac Miller, Arlington knows exactly who his audience is. The crowd took a fast liking to this party boy, who not only warmed up the crowd with his energy, hype, and upbeat songs such as “Club Soda” in preparation for the following acts in the show, but also provided a few lucky fans with free merchandise and pictures following his set. With a red solo cup in one hand and a microphone in the other, this is definitely not the last Boston will see or hear of Red Arlington.
Centering the event and gaining great attention, Cab’s admirers gathered closer to the stage to catch a glimpse of Sebastian Mikael, formerly known as artist De-Lor. The 24-year-old heartfelt singer/songwriter is classically trained and also just happens to attend Suffolk’s neighboring school, the Berklee College of Music. Once on stage, Mikael and his touring band made sure to keep the crowd alive and kicking for their set. This did not seem to serve as much of a challenge since Mikael carried a stage presence that could rival the likes of Bruno Mars. Mikeal also presented the audience with silky falsettos showcased in songs such as “Beautiful Life” and “Speechless.” It is safe to say that if some crowd members were not fans of Mikael prior to the show, they are now. With his unique charm, honest lyrics, and engaging guitar playing, Mikael is the total package in what one would look for in an up-and-coming artist. Mikael melted the hearts of the listeners, receiving a roaring applause following his set.
Shortly after, members of the audience anxiously awaited Cris Cab’s appearance as they chatted among one another, anticipating what songs Cab would possibly play. Moments following, he burst onto the intimate stage with his charming vibe, enthusiastic as he could possibly be. Moving straight into the intimate song “Going Home,” Cab fans were beyond excited singing along. Immediately following, the crowd continued to be charmed into the smooth and modern reggae styling’s of Cab, with songs such as “Gypsies on the Boulevard”, “Turn You On”, and “Better off Running.” Cab, who covered songs from famed artists Shaggy, Foster the People, and The Steve Miller Band, introduced his cover of Bob Marley by mentioning, “This is my main inspiration, why I play music; Mr. Bob Marley,” causing fans to raise their glasses through the red-lighted atmosphere. The feeling in the air at that moment was one that this lucky audience will never forget.
Following the show, Cab hosted a meet and greet for fans at his merchandise table, snapping photos and signing autographs for fans. The night made for an overall success and a relaxing start to the fall evening, providing rhythmic and gratifying tunes throughout the entire event. Be sure to check out Cris Cab’s latest EP Rise, now available on iTunes.