Missed Nat’Lee the past few times she was in Orlando? Never fear, she will be in Orlando this Thursday to show off her musical styling’s once again. But this time she will be preforming at a special event put on by Fierce Entertainment Management. The Orlando based event management company is the muscle behind Orlando International Fashion Week, Florida Fashion Weekend, The Fashion Emerging Designer Gauntlet Exhibit (The Fashion E.D.G.E.) and Caribbean American Fashion Week. This week Fierce Entertainment Management is holding an event mixer for professionals in the Orlando area to meet and mingle called, Fierce Entertainment Network’s Social. The event is catered towards designers, models, photographers, dancers, musicians, actors, and entertainment business entrepreneurs. The night will feature showcases, and special guest appearances from national celebrities and celebrities from within the Orlando community. There will also be musical performances from DJ Panama, and 3300’s own, Nat’Lee. The event is meant to bring business professionals, entrepreneurs, and artists together in a space to mix, mingle, and collaborate. The event takes place from 6pm to 9pm this Thursday, June 30th, and is being held at Downtown Orlando hotel, Aloft. Tickets are only 20 dollars, but there is a special discount of 10 dollars with a military or student ID. This is an event not to be missed! For more information on the event, visit Fierce Entertainment Management’s Facebook and Twitter pages below.
By Holly Walny
Written by Holly Walny
By now many have heard of the tragedy that happened at Pulse Nightclub in Downtown, Orlando. In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12th, a gunman inside Pulse Nightclub open fired on the crowd, killing 49 and injuring 53. But what you may not know is how the Orlando community has risen above the hate that fueled this act, and come together to build the community up and remember those taken too soon.
In the days following the act, blood drives all over the city were turning away those willing to give, because of the overwhelming outpour of individuals whom had already donated. We have also seen multiple fundraisers by local businesses, and an overwhelming response to the official GoFundMe page for the victims, with almost 6 million dollars raised. Artists and entertainers have even shown their support by performing at concerts in Orlando to benefit the victims and their families, including K923’s Country Strong, Hard Rock’s OneOrlando with Imagine Dragons, and the Pray For Orlando benefit show at Backbooth. The community has risen up to show that hate cannot conquer love, and even though this act was supposed to spark hate, it has brought the community together and made us stronger than ever.
I, along with other members of 3300, had the chance to attend the Lake Eola Candlelight Vigil on Sunday, June 19th. The country has been holding vigils all over to remember the victims, and to heal our own hearts. Lake Eola saw 50,000 people who wanted to do just the same thing. The vigil was an event to come together with family, friends, and strangers to honor those that passed, and those who are still recovering. Earlier storms left a large rainbow over the lake as we listened to musical performances, guest speakers, and prayers for those we had lost and those still fighting for their lives. There was laughter, tears, hugs, and praying. The event provided a safe place for all of us to mourn and heal.
I, along with most of the 3300 family, have never before lived in an area that was struck with such tragedy. We hear about horrific events that happen, such as the Paris Attacks and 9/11, and we feel for those affected, but we never know what it’s really like living in the community of those affected. The range of emotions felt by the Orlando community is wide, but we all have one goal, to build the community back up with love and become stronger than ever. From the 3300 family to the Orlando and LGBTQ Community, we stand with you, and are proud of our community brothers and sisters.
R.I.P. to the 49 individuals who lost their lives way too soon:
Edward Sotomayor Jr.
Stanley Almodovar III
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo
Juan Ramon Guerrero
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera
Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz
Luis S. Vielma
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice
Darryl Roman Burt II
Deonka Deidra Drayton
Alejandro Barrios Martinez
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez
Martin Benitez Torres
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon
Mercedez Marisol Flores
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez
Oscar A Aracena-Montero
Enrique L. Rios, Jr.
Miguel Angel Honorato
Joel Rayon Paniagua
Jason Benjamin Josaphat
Cory James Connell
Juan P. Rivera Velazquez
Luis Daniel Conde
Shane Evan Tomlinson
Jerald Arthur Wright
Leroy Valentin Fernandez
Tevin Eugene Crosby
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega
Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool
Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan
Christopher Andrew Leinonen
Angel L. Candelario-Padro
Paul Terrell Henry
Antonio Davon Brown
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez
Akyra Monet Murray
During Father’s Day weekend, Nat’Lee and her guitarist Skarz took over Orlando for another fun-filled acoustic performance. On Sunday, June 19th, Nat’Lee and Skarz performed at Venue 578 in Downtown Orlando, during their “Sunday Jam” event. This event took place on the patio of Venue 578, and was filled with multiple musical guests from the Orlando and surrounding areas. Oh, and did we mention there were bottomless mimosas?
This time around, Nat’Lee and Skarz’s set started a little bit differently. We are used to seeing the duo always together, but Skarz treated us to a unique performance, as he opened the event by performing solo. After a few songs, Nat’Lee joined him on stage, and for an hour and a half they performed original songs from her latest EP, I Fu*king Love You. They even performed their signature mash-ups, including the newly released cover of Drake and Future’s, “Scholorships X Jumpman.” Not only were there bottomless mimosas, great music, and a great crowd, but also the event was full of great vibes that seem to always follow Nat’Lee wherever she goes.
“After all that Orlando has been through this past week since the attack at Pulse Nightclub, I have to say that I feel so blessed and happy be here again. Orlando is like my second home, so I am glad that I have the chance to perform again this weekend and share love with everyone,” proclaimed Nat’Lee during her set.
After the show, Nat’Lee went up to all in attendance at Venue 578 and spoke with everyone personally. We see this at every Nat’Lee show. She has a vibrant spirit and such a personable personality. The ability to connect on such a deep level with complete strangers is what makes Nat’Lee the artist she is. Her ability to put herself into a vulnerable place is the reason why so many people are remembering her name.
“This girl Nat’Lee was truly amazing. She has a beautiful voice, and what a way to control the stage. I had an unexpectedly great time for a Sunday afternoon, and I am happy that I got to see a performance from Nat’Lee, who could possibly become one of my favorite artists.” - Ruder Singh (concertgoer at Venue 578)
We at 3300 have had so much fun learning and growing on this journey with Nat’Lee, and it’s just the beginning. Nat’Lee and Skarz will be back in Orlando for Fierce Entertainment Network’s Social (FEN social), on June 30th at Aloft Orlando. This event will host a mixer for artist, entertainers, and entrepreneurs, along with musical performances.
Written by Maria Camacho
Edited by Holly Walny
By Holly Walny
Orlando was struck with much tragedy this weekend. Of those tragedies, we lost a member of the music community. Christina Grimmie was in town last Friday night, at The Plaza Live, on tour with band, Before You Exit. During her meet and greet after the show, Grimmie suffered fatal injuries resulting from a gunshot wound. Christina was a tremendous talent, and her star was still on the rise when her life was taken too soon.
Grimmie was born in 1994, in Marlton New Jersey. At an early age, Grimmie had a passion for music. She started singing at the young age of 6, and began playing piano at the age of 10. At age 15, Grimmie started using YouTube to post videos of her performing popular covers. Through the popular platform, she gained a huge following. In 2013, she was the 4th most subscribed musician on YouTube, with over two million subscribers. She grabbed the attention of Singer, Selena Gomez, and her stepfather, Brian Teefey, who would later become her manager.
From 2011 to 2013, Grimmie released one EP, Find Me, and one full-length album, With Love; both pieces were independently released. During this time period, she spent time opening up for acts like Selena Gomez & The Scene, The Jonas Brothers, and Allstar Weekend. Grimmie also had multiple hits on Radio Disney starting with her debut single, “Advice.” She even appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and performed at the 2011 American Music Awards, during the Coca-Cola Red Carpet Show.
In 2014, Grimmie joined the Season 6 cast of The Voice. After having all judges turn their chairs during her audition, Grimmie chose to join Team Adam. While on Team Adam, Grimmie made her way to the top 3 overall. After the show, Grimmie was offered recording contracts with Adam Levine’s, 222 Records, Lil Wayne’s, Young Money Entertainment, and Island Records; ultimately choosing Island Records. Grimmie was influenced by the singing styles of Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, and Stacie Orrico.
Fans, friends, and family all reflect on the light and love that exuded from Christina on a daily basis. Grimmie’s manager, Brian Teefey, even started a GoFundMe account to raise money to assist her family. As of today, the page has raised over $168,000 of its original $4,000 goal. It is clear to see that Christina Grimmie made an impact on the music industry in her short 22 years on this earth. Christina will be dearly missed, and always in the thoughts of those she touched.
R.I.P. Christina Grimmie
March 12, 1994 ~ June 11, 2016
We at 3300 have been super busy working with and promoting our latest artist Nat’Lee. By now you should all know who she is, but if you haven’t checked her out yet, what are you waiting for? Nat’Lee and her guitarist Skarz have been slowly taking over Orlando, and we had another packed weekend with the duo focusing on a BalconyTV performance, and their show Friday night at Backbooth, in Downtown Orlando.
Friday afternoon, Nat’lee and Skarz performed an exclusive performance for online television site, BalconyTV. BalconyTV brings viewers exclusive segments from artists in the industry in a unique way. All segments are filmed on various balconies around the world. We were lucky enough to have Nat’Lee and Skarz featured from the balcony of World of Beer in Downtown Orlando. During the set, Nat’Lee performed songs from her latest EP, I Fu*king Love You, and the performance will be up on BalconyTV’s site soon. So keep an eye out for that!
Later that night, the show at Backbooth featured performances not only by Nat’lee, but also by 3300+Climbing past finalist, Lévie, and Orlando artists, Alyssa Harrison, and Julia McDonald. This was one of the first times that Nat”lee performed on a venue stage in Orlando, but she didn’t miss a beat. Being the season veteran she is, she worked the crowd in typical Nat’Lee fashion, and effortlessly connected with the full house at Backbooth. She wore her heart on her sleeve per usual and had the crowd eating out of the palm of her hand. While speaking to the crowd, in between songs, Nat’Lee proclaimed, “These next few songs coming up are going to get emotional. So don’t be afraid to take a sip, you might even find yourself calling your ex.” She of course was talking about her emotional ballad, “Fu*k The Sh*t.” Contrary to the name, the song is an emotional song about receiving the love you give back.
Along with Nat’Lee’s original songs, she performed her signature mash-ups, including Kanye West, Nelly Furtado, and TLC hits. Speaking of her mash-ups, Nat’Lee and Skarz just recorded a mash-up of Drake and Future’s “Scholarships” and “Jumpman” (check it out below on Souncloud). The show was nothing less of what we would expect from the charismatic Nat’Lee. And in true Nat’Lee fashion, after the show, she went up to everyone in attendance and spoke with them personally. It was another show full of laughter, hugs, and good vibes. We have been only working with her for a short period of time, but it is easy to see that history is being made with Nat’Lee.
Rewind to Florida Music Festival 2016. It’s raining. Wall Street is packed. Beebs and Her Money Makers’ charm and upbeat music convinced the crowd to continue to dance despite the weather. There’s confetti, lights, and a man prancing around in a unicorn mask. Not too long into the band’s set, two guys jumped the stage and started doing to The Carlton Dance. I’m unsure if that was planned or not but either way, the band, especially lead singer Beebs, welcomed the gentlemen with open arms. I believe I just saw the nicest and most entertaining band in Florida.
If you hung out around the Orlando music scene, most likely you’ve heard of Beebs and Her Money Makers. You know who I’m talking about. The band with the all the moves. They’re loud, entertaining, and talented with a distinct sound (especially Beebs) that made them stand out at Warped Tour as well as at FMF.
Back in the day, Kevin Lyman (you know him, too) discovered Beebs and Her Money Makers and invited the band to join Warped Tour. They toured with the company in 2013 and 2014 and even participated in the second season of Warped Roadies. Since then it’s been a wild ride for Beebs and the highly energetic band. The band’s last album, ironically named Würst Album Ever was far from being horrible. And they’ve shared stages all over the place with bands and artists such as Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, and Willie Nelson to name a few.
Fast forward to today. The band is still going strong. Music is still being made and played. Fans are still being entertained. The only difference is that Beebs has been prepping to release her first ever solo record. “The record is titled Eye Shine,” Beebs explains, “There are definitely a lot of Soul and Jazz influences on this record.” Past BaHMM records consisted of a wild wave of ska, soul, and funk but this time around, Beebs wanted to focus on a project a little more personal. “Rather than jamming, I was very conscious of my songwriting for Eye Shine. I focused more on what all lived inside of me, which is where the Soul sound comes from.” But don’t think Beebs’ signature upbeat sound is going away for good. There will definitely be summer time songs on the record. “Think of it as indie soul pop,” Beebs suggests. And the band isn’t going away either! They can be heard on Eye Shine as well.
Between the new record set to be released on June 17th and then playing Eye Shine on Warped Tour across the nation, Beebs definitely has a busy summer. In fact, Beebs invites EVERYONE to attend her CD release party for the new record at the House of Blues Orlando on June 17th. It’s a free show if you get your tickets from the band!
And amidst the success, excitement, and new music, Beebs still keeps it real. Her inspiration to perform and create music comes from the other Money Makers that support her, other artists, and even other shows.
Beeb’s key to success: “A successful band plays to everyone’s strengths. We play collectively to create a unique vision.”
As I mentioned before, hang out with Beebs on June 17th at House of Blues Orlando for her album release party! It’s a free show (starting at 8PM) and the bands Boxelder, Coastal Breed, and MyVerse will be sharing the stage as well. You can get your free tickets from either the bands or you can get them here.
BUT, in the meantime, begin your Summer playlist with Beebs by checking out her super satisfying music video for her latest single “Ride Around the Sun” on YouTube. It’s just the right amount of sample from Eye Shine that will make fans wanting more all Summer.
Written By: Claire Contevita
This is a blog following the students' work at 3300+ Climbing.