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Letting Loose Through Reflection

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On the last Wednesday of every month, the Temple Bar and Joshua Silverstein present Reflection, a time to kick back in a peaceful atmosphere listening to awe-inspiring music. January 31 was no exception. With musical performances by Stellamoon, Sahaja Uprockers, Ill Again, and Tita Lima, and live art by Danielle Furman, the Temple Bar got jam packed.

Stellamoon kicked off the show, with her soulful mix of lyrics backed by her beautiful voice proclaiming peace and joy; she raised the standards for all of the following performances. The dimly-lit venue was a perfect fit for the smooth atmosphere that the band brought on. Next up was Sahaja Uprockers, giving the audience a great treat with its live band. The vocals became secondary behind the band, which was rockin’ out on the viola, horn, and bass. Although the singing was somewhat reminiscent to exotic shrieking, the DJ/MC drew a lot of clarity with his laidback rhyming.

Tita Lima took stage after the Uprockers, giving LA, err, Santa Monica, a taste of Brazil. The bilingual set gave a perfect backdrop to the live art by artist Danielle Furman. Even being unable to understand all the lyrics, the set was a perfect transition through the first few acts. The show ended with Ill Again, who seemed to make the audience ill in another sense. Not exactly living up to be the height of the evening, most of the crowd made its way to the bar or left for home. The dance floor emptied, but hopeful fans and friends still stuck it through.

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Reflection seems to be an enjoyable outlet to let loose at. Some bands may be better than others, but for five bucks, there are definitely no complaints. Check out Reflection, with all new lineups, the last Wednesday of every month.

Photo by Joshua Silverstein