In less than one month, I’ve been fortunate to catch the red-hot talent of U.K. sensation V.V. Brown three times! I fell under V.V.’s spell last month at Spaceland in LA, and now she’s on the right coast winning over hearts and dancefloors with performances in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
On President’s Day, I corralled seven friends and ventured to Brooklyn Bowl to catch V.V.’s free performance at the uber cool, ultra chic bowling venue. Have you seen this place? Live music, weathered leather sofas everywhere, top shelf margaritas for $3 (before 7:00) and an impressive menu designed by the good folks at Blue Ribbon. The fried chicken was the best I’ve tasted since moving away from the South, and french fries with cheddar, provolone and gravy? Whaaaa? Crazy amazing good.
But on with the show. V.V. appears in a subtle and stylish headdress with a ribbon of red war paint across her eyes with a tom-tom drumstick in one hand and megaphone in the other to perform “Everybody.” She whips the crowd into a frenzy fast with “Game Over,” “Bottles,” “Quick Fix,” and one of my favorites, “L.O.V.E.” After she performs “Crying Blood” she talks about her mother and her Jamaican descent, and reprises “Crying Blood” the way her mother would sing it all reggae style… “I’m crying blood, blood!” Very cool. V.V.’s versatility as an artist shines brighter as she covers Drake’s hip-hop anthem, “Best I Ever Had.” She closes with her hit, “Shark in the Water,” which I predict will be a contender for the 2010 Song of the Summer.
Two days later, I’m graciously invited to a private V.V. performance at Hiro Ballroom by my friends Brian and April at Glamour magazine (thank you!!). But now, the three of us are officially stalking her. This time, she comes out in a much more flamboyant feather mask and performs the same line-up of songs as she did in Brooklyn, save “Leave!” for “Quick Fix.”