B. Aull Summer Vibin
By Sean Moore/ Photos By: Garrett Clare
When I last caught up with local hip hop artist, B. Aull, he was putting the finishing touches on a soon-to-be released EP of what he considered some of his best work to date. He sounded really proud and excited about the new music then, and seeing him perform it live really exhibited his enthusiasm. B. Aull released his catchy, summer-vibing Collage EP on June 27th and Saturday night’s sold out show at Sun Tiki Studios was a celebration of the past few months’ hard work as friends, family, and fans came together to party with B. Aull. He brought his whole crew with him for his first headline gig in Portland.
Once B. Aull walked on stage and started spitting out the verses to “Geronimo,” the energy in the room skyrocketed. Everyone was in full-on party mode through his entire set, which lasted for about an hour. To go along with the “summer vibe” of his new EP, the stage was decorated with inflatable palm trees; the crowd even had beach balls they were tossing around.
His set included all five tracks from his Collage EP, including the title track with live guitar from special guest, Sean. “Be careful. He’ll steal your girl. This here is a weapon,” B. Aull warned the guys in the audience, referring to the guitar. Even though the EP was only released a couple of weeks ago, the audience was singing along and had clearly been vibing with it for awhile. The crowd reacted to favorites like “Reboot,” the effortlessly laid back “West End Feels,” and slightly more aggressive track “Mind Control.” His track “Past Life” got the entire crowd bouncing and swaying on their feet, early into the set. The audience really responded to his earlier, slick tracks “You Can Have It All” and “The Feeling,” which perfectly ended his set, before he came out for an encore. Even with his set done, B. Aull told the crowd, “The party is going to continue. We’re here ‘til 3 a.m. with the DJs helping us party and celebrate!”
The rapper bounced on his feet from one side of the stage to the other in a maneuver that almost made it appear as if he was weightless and being carried by his effortless flow of verses and beats. He was not afraid to get involved with the crowd during each song, teetering on the edge of the stage (and a couple of times bouncing off the stage and mixing in with the crowd). His hands waving in the air, along with the crowd’s. He made eye contact with several of the front row folks several times throughout the night. The smile never leaving his face.
On a fast track to bigger things, he showcased his talent through an energized performance. Towards the end of the night he made reference to craving those “bigger” things with a desire to play “perhaps a packed 500 capacity-type venue in town.” I for one believe that wherever B. Aull performs next, his audience will follow and continue to multiply as word travels about his immense talent.