It was a beautiful summer night in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn with the breeze blowing just right and hungry energy from the Brooklyn streets. Fellow music lovers gathered at the intimate venue, C’mon Everybody, for a night of indie music featuring Janelle Kroll and Denitia. The mood was set with a smoke-filled the room, fluorescent blue lights, and a crowd eager to hear the sounds of Janelle Kroll and Denitia.
Janelle Kroll kicked off the night with an eclectic set, filled with psychedelic visuals and haunting vocals that sent chills right down our spines. A highlight of the set was when Janelle interpolated Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson” in to her track “Sunny Days.” Kroll’s performance of her new single “Walk With You,” pierced the room. All eyes were on Janelle Kroll, listening to every word. Janelle brought an electric energy to start the night before Denitia took the stage. Janelle ended on a positive note and affirmed that “we should be kind to one another, even to those you don’t know.”
As the night continued, the room built with anticipation for the nights main act, Denitia. As the band took the stage, you could feel Denitia’s warm energy all around as it was time for the show to begin. Denitia instantly grabbed and pulled at our heart-strings with the first song of the night, “Special.” We featured the track back in March along with our interview to highlight the magic of the song and us getting to know the Texas native better. The track is dreamy and movie like. “Special” was the perfect opener to Denitia’s set, not giving too much away from what she had coming next.
Taking things up a notch, Denitia’s next song was the track “Moments.” The song gave more of a hard edge and rock feel. Bodies swayed from left to right and it was in that moment when we saw the star quality of Denitia.
We have seen Denitia perform live several times, but this night was special. Denitia was backed by an all-female band. The all female band were nothing short of amazing and brought all of Denitia’s songs to life in a whole new way. We experienced a moment of escapism when Denitia performed “Planes” from her Ceilings EP, released last July. “Planes” has always been one of our favorites songs by Denitia; it always takes us to higher ground.
Other highlights of the night include the uplifting track “One Day,” and the warm intimate track “Place To Be”. Denitia was not shy about sharing her cool and calm personality on stage. If Denitia weren’t a musician, she could easily be a comedian. Denitia’s quick wit kept the audience laughing between songs. Towards the end of the night, she let the crowd take part in her song “Waiting.” Denitia stated, “the track was meant to bring people together” and she was right, it did just that. Everyone was singing along in harmony to a song where we all can relate to wanting a change for the better.
Denitia closed the night with “23” and what made it special was that she ended how she started, with her calm spirit, warm energy and soft vocals. Everything about the performance was delicate but also rockstar-esque. It’s the perfect combination for a perfect show from top to bottom. Denitia makes music for the dreamers, lovers and the hopeful. Denitia gave her all to the crowd, and we all left forever changed.
Check out Denitia’s music via SoundCloud below.