His Name Is Ayo Olatunji, And You Will Remember His Name [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: Ayo Olatunji @ The Theatre at the Ace Hotel 11/30/16
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As Red Bull’s Sound Select’s “30 Days In LA” came to an end, it felt like we’d seen it all. The variety of talent, special guests, free goods, advanced photo booths (even my exhausted face made it as a gif at the Wiltern Theatre’s booth for the whole month… talk about embarrassing). But for day 30, Red Bull had even more to offer. My personal favorite space – The Theatre at the Ace Hotel- is an extravagant venue with beautiful architecture that exudes a palpable amount of class. On day 30, three extraordinary acts embodied that class: Ayo Olatunji, River Tiber and, of course, Nick Murphy, previously known as Chet Faker.
“What’s your name??” an audience member shouted from the shadows.
“Ayo. Ayo Olatunji,” responded the singer in a shy manner, “and this is my band.” Ayo turned to the musicians behind him before introducing them to the crowd, then began a performance that made sure people would remember the name.
Ayo Olatunji is a singer-songwriter/producer from the East Coast. Even though he had the formidable task of performing on such a grand stage for a huge talent like Nick Murphy, he exuded a quiet confidence that belied his performance and he pulled it off sublimely. Progressive R&B artists seem to effortlessly to connect with the audience. When the singer has a likable character like Ayo, the melodies have an even sweeter sound that is ever so pleasant to the ear.
Ayo was able to showcase some of his newest work that he’s been working on lately as well as his older tunes from “Isolation” mixtape. His soft R&B melodies infused with electronic soundscapes brought us the perfect vibes for what was to come for the rest of the evening.
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