House Party 6 Was A Packed House!
By Mary Elworth
House Party 6 brought singing, dancing, and poetry to an enthusiastic crowd at The Station in Beacon Hill! By 7pm, the place was packed with a diverse and intergenerational group, but it was clear that the youth would rule the night.
Host Lashaunycee O’Cain (a.k.a. kidLIO) set the tone by making sure everyone in the room was on board to support one another throughout the performances. Kicking off the open mic was vocalist Ezra Hollister, accompanied by Daniel Pak on keys) whose melodious voice lit up the room and got everyone captivated by his lyrics.
Jade Arquitt continued the energy by performing an original piece of music. Singer-songwriter Mary Elworth performed an acoustic version of her original “Set You Free.” Next up was Joseph soulfully covering the CNCO hit “Tan Fácil” with the support of Arquitt, Pak, and Thaddeus Turner respectively on bass, guitar, and drums.
Singer-guitarist Zo (Zoser Dunbar) wowed us all with a cover of Ed Sheeran’s Don’t. Later he got everyone singing and grooving along with a mashup of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” and Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.”
Next up were Twinn (Jonathan Burgos), Virgilio Carbajal, and Noah Predko, who rocked the audience in each of their own performances. Singer-songwriter Dominique Estrada stepped up to the mic and gave us a taste of what she's been working in the studio.
Then came time for the poets in the room to have their say. Carlynn Newhouse brought the room to a philosophical hush with her powerfully crafted verses, followed by Azura Tyabji, who also delivered a poignant message steeped in wisdom and observation.
Songwriter and musician Ezrael Sarmiento professed his appreciation for the city of Seattle, followed by a fitting performance of his original “Seattle Skies.”
Muliti-talented kidLIO closed the first round of performances with an original poem illustrating capitalism in society and demonstrating resistance to it.
Twin & His Crew of Supporters, Fans, and Family. Photo by Mary Elworth