REVIEW: Twist Dallas on Thursday night at LBG

While Thursday night’s Twist Dallas music event had to compete with the Dallas Mavericks for attention, organizer SuZanne Kimbrell was nonetheless impressed with the show. A small turnout at Lakewood Bar & Grill didn’t take away from the fact that the talent was top notch.

Starting with Natalie Velasquez, a 19 year-old guitarist out of Denton, the night was destined for dive bar greatness. Her jazzy sound and smoky, deep voice exuded nice poise for such a young performer. At times, she recalled Meshell Ndegeocello. Her voice has a beautifully aged soul tone that belies her tiny build. Her backing band, which apparently was partly cobbled that day, was also a strong, solid package. Please, Velasquez, keep this lineup together.

Check out part of performance here.

I worried that follow-up Danny Siuba might underwhelm with just him and an electric piano. Even he told me later that he worried a tad about following up Velasquez’s performance, but he met the challenge. His work on the keys was so sharp and pristine that they tickled every nerve ending in my ear. He’s classically trained according to Kimbrell so this shouldn’t surprise, but he also played with great assertion that proved his confidence with his instrument. I heard traces of Rufus Wainwright and Owen Pallett in him, but his voice was a bit gravelly. Singer Sonya Jevette was there filming for SoundByte and tried to convince me he was a young Neil Diamond. I wasn’t hearing that so much. In certain registers, he sang well, and in louder ones, he just needed some polish. But he’s only 21 and his pop-piano tunes were well constructed. Plus, the guy, 21, drove here from Santa Fe to perform and handmade his own CD covers with handwritten lyrics. So it’s hard to fault the guy for much.

—  Rich Lopez

Better get over to Lakewood Bar & Grill now to help out the Trevor Project

I just received a text from local musician SuZanne Kimbrell about tonight’s event. She’s the lady behind the bimonthly Twist music events held bi-monthly at Lakewood Bar & Grill that features local LGBT artists we don’t see anywhere else.

She messaged that tonight’s One Night Stand show at the LBG is benefiting The Trevor Project and all the money from the $10 cover is going toward the organization. The thing is, it started at 7 p.m. But with a healthy lineup of musicians, I figure the event will last well into the night. Immigrant Punk, Emmiline, Jay Bean, Kimbrell and more all perform tonight.

You still have time to get there, have a beer, get in tune with some homegrown music and help out the good cause. You know you want to.

—  Rich Lopez