The IDC Crew was blessed to be in attendance for an amazing array of musicians and singers at Razteria’s (aka Renée Asteria) single release party on Friday February 5th, 2016 at Angelica’s Bistro. The show highlighted Razteria’s wonderful range of musical influences including everything from Rock to Alt Pop to Reggae and even tastes of Cumbia and Salsa. It was an amazing performance, and as an added bonus there were a half dozen artists connected to IDC involved throughout the night.
Angelica’s is a fantastic venue, a seated restaurant on Main Street in Redwood City, CA. The sight lines were amazing, as was the food, and the crowd was thick upon arrival. Renee fronted a powerhouse band playing electric guitar and singing lead on all of the songs. Her performance and interaction with the audience, plus her willingness to push the envelope and bring her story and message to the forefront, is uplifting to all in attendance. Razteria is a bandleader who brings together many complementary musical flavors in a very rich stew.
The rhythm section featured to long time friends/family of IDC, Waddell Bell (aka Wadi B) on Bass and Lou Neuberger on drums. These players have played on tracks of many albums that IDC has distributed, and Waddell and IDC President/Founder Steffen Franz have known each other for over 2 decades, including touring with Barrington Levy in 1994.
Other members of the all-star band included the legendary Vince Black, long time guitar master who has played with everyone from Dub Syndicate to Black Uhuru and Prezident Brown, and special guest vocalist Sol Atash, a good friend of IDC and gifted vocalist who sings in English and Farsi.
The artist who really pushed the night over the edge is Redwood City native, and guest vocalist on Razteria’s song Change, none other than Rahman Jamaal, a conscious rapper who guested with Razteria and the band, but was then quite at home performing a half dozen original songs over a laptop full of great beats. IDC has been hip to Rahman for a long time and hopes to work with this great developing artist in the future.
All in all this was a fantastic event featuring great musical talent, a lively band and a wonderful venue. Looking forward to the next show!