The Roxy in West Hollywood is famous for being one of the great rock venues on the Sunset Strip, along with Whisky A Go-Go and The Viper Room. However, since Goldenvoice started programming The Roxy, shows have tiered away from rock and more towards Rhythm and Blues. I bring this up because The Roxy is a terrible venue, in my humble opinion, for RnB acts. The sound booth and sound engineer are located behind the stage which makes it almost impossible for artists to adjust their volume and reverberation on the fly. You can image that a vocalist without any time to test the mics out on stage would encounter some difficulty. But, despite all the sound issues, Kyle Dion’s natural talent and charisma shone through.
Salute to Rory from The Joe Budden Podcast for introducing me to Kyle Dion in one of his sleepers (songs that are being slept on). In a 50 minute set, Dion demonstrated an exceptional falsetto and a unique lyrical talent. Hold on to Me is his breakout streaming song, but Cool Side Of The Pillow is where his personality really shines. His performing style is akin to Anderson Paak’s and I expect his core audience will reflect a similar demo: hipster millennials. Unfortunately, the headliner of the night brought out a completely different audience. As a result, I doubt Dion will build a significant audience off of this tour. ICM, his agency, needs to do a better job of placing him with an artist who has a similar core audience. That being said, I really enjoyed Dion’s overall performance and look forward to seeing him as a headliner the next time he is in town.