CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW GALLERY. The stage was set two nights ago, a killer line-up and a packed house at SOBs. As I emerged from the artist’s area with Skotch and Beef, we had to fight our way through the crowd to get on stage. All of the acts that performed elevated the bar to a new level of excitement. Defsound and J*Davey are definitely worth exploration if you haven’t done so yet. If they’re tour stops near you, check it out. In my non-expert opinion, they’re both pushing the envelope towards progression. At this point it’s no secret that Blu was supposed to perform but did not. J*Davey was gracious enough to play an extra long set, meet folks after the show, and bring 25 or so crowd members on stage towards the end of their set. Oh, AND Quest Love and 88 Keys also slithered on stage through the flash mob to kick it. Sadly, that was not sufficient enough for a lot of the New York City concert goers in the midst of Blu’s absence. I hope folks have moved past it and realized that Blu wouldn’t no-show because he didn’t feel like performing. Artists don’t do that. It’s unfortunate, but the other artists deserve respect for putting on a quality show. Give it to them.