Review: James Kaye, Good Deeds, and Shwayze
Photo and Review by McLane Brown
January 31, 2015
James Kaye kicked off the show at Velvet Jones in downtown Santa Barbara on 1/31/15. His great energy and stage presence got the already cozy venue to feel more personal, and built up the crowd for both acts to follow. He threw down some smooth hip hop/rap verses over Sean Ross’ beats, and let him take over for a song too, showing some great collaboration between the two. Changing up styles a bit, the Good Deeds brought more of a rock vibe to the place, but still brought out some rapid fire lyrics that kept the energy going strong. They have played at Velvet Jones before, and performed like they really knew the bar/music club atmosphere. Shwayze came out strong and kept everyone engaged throughout his set, maybe too much because a pair of panties was forced on him, which he didn’t seem to want too much. Besides the girl with her now missing panties, he himself went through some clothing changes, from jacket to no shirt and ended up throwing out his hat to the clammering audience, and when seeing a guy got it said, “Hey! You got to give that to a girl,” which the crowd loved. After downing almost a whole bottle of Jack Daniels himself by drinking after every song, it was surprising that he was still able to go through his songs without incident. Overall, all the artists seemed to really want to be up on the stage and seeing them enjoy themselves made the show all the better.