Jarren Benton was coming to town and it was about time I got to see him live. Best known for his time spend with Hopsin and Funk Volume, Benton brings his signature sound and lyrics that make you want to rock with him all night long.
Coming out of the heavy hitting Atlanta music scene Benton credits some of his influences to the likes of Outkast, Dr. Dre, Redman, Wu-Tang Clan, Ludacris and even the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson to name a few. After Funk Volume split up Benton signed with Roc Nation where he released his latest album, and name sake for the tour, Yuck Fou.
Mavericks was playing host to the show for the night and The Midnight Mac & Cheese Cabin was in full swing with the great street eats that night also as a bonus. Jarren even got himself one of the signature Mac & Cheese dish and was loving it.
The night was stacked with some of Ottawa’s talented artists including the man himself Aspects. For those of you who don’t know Aspects you need to get out from under the rock you are living under and look this man up…he is downright amazing at what he does.
The other locals rounding out the list Kenny Kincon, BLikeBrett, Sudden Movement, C-Note, Made Wade and a new one for me in Hai$isa. This openers are some of Ottawa’s more seasoned and they certainly know how to get the crowd going. My dude BLikeBrett is always a killer on stage and the guys from Sudden Movement bring you that feel of a true Hip-hop group while Kenny Kingcon just murders you with his bullet like lyrics and how hard he hits.
Jarren Benton brought Aaron Cohen with him as tour support and for me this was a big unknown as I’ve never heard his music. Aaron got on stage and let us all know just why he is where he is and rocked the whole house setting the stage for Benton appropriately. Certainly took notice and made sure to put him into a Spotify rotation.
And the time finally came for Benton to hit the stage. For those who know, Mavericks isn’t a huge place but makes for a more intimate show that way. Jarren rocked out on stage playing tracking from his tour titled album Yuck Fou like Money Bag and Don’t Need You.
Certainly not a night to miss in the Ottawa music scene and if you did then you’ll just have to live vicariously through our pictures and wish you were there.