"It's Better Live" Tour

Red Ridge Entertainment Presents

"It's Better Live" Tour

Elliott Yamin, Sonia Rao, Mycle Wastman

Sat, May 4, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$15 military/student, $22.50 Advance, $27.50 Day of Show, $45 VIP

This event is all ages

Tickets are only $15 at The Cotillion box office with a valid military or school ID. V.I.P. tickets include a question and answer session with the performers at 6pm followed by a meet and greet. All seating is general admission. A limited number of table reservations for groups of 4 or more are available at The Cotillion box office or by phone at (316) 722-4201.

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"It's Better Live" Tour
*Simon Cowell described him as “potentially the best male vocalist,” while guest Stevie Wonder encouraged him to pursue music full-time. Elliott Yamin did just that, launching his recording career with his highly anticipated 2007 debut album, Elliott Yamin, which debuted at Number Three on the Billboard album chart and was the highest-debuting album by an independent artist in SoundScan history. The self-titled disc achieved gold status in the U.S. and Japan (where he continues to maintain a large audience), and yielded the mega hit “Wait for You.” Fresh off his third album release, aptly-titled Let’s Get to What’s Real, American Idol finalist Elliott Yamin has already earned a prestigious reputation as both a world-class recording artist and a deeply compelling live performer. On Let’s Get to What’s Real, the multi-talented artist raises the musical and personal stakes, tapping into the emotional honesty and sonic intimacy of classic soul to create the most inspired and distinctive music he’s ever made. The resulting album is the purest expression to date of the musical talent and personal charisma that were first introduced to the public during Yamin’s stint as one of the most acclaimed performers to ever compete on Fox’s American Idol.

*Seattle’s soul-singer, Mycle Wastman, emerged as a stealth front-runner on season 3 of NBC’s The Voice. Rightly so! He delivers a refreshing combination of an old soulful vibe, R&B sensibilities and a splash of pop. Wastman is a singer’s singer, interpreting from all of the greats that have gone before him while still firmly exerting a style of his own. He’s undeniably on par with the vocal legends of our time! “You got the whole spectrum, man, you are the total package” -CeeLo Green

*Sonia Rao’s refreshingly heartfelt lyrics, charming and intimate stage presence, and multi-instrumental talent are capturing the hearts of music lovers… song by song, story by story. Her music went worldwide when she was featured on NBC’s The Voice, where she received repeated praise from CeeLo and Christina Aguilera on the purity and soulfulness of her vocals on every song. Since then she’s shared the stage and sung duets with such artists as Daniel Bedingfield, Elliot Yamin, and Keaton Simons. Sonia’s music has been featured on MTV’s Underemployed, Jersey Shore, and E! Network’s Married to Jonas.
Elliott Yamin
Elliott Yamin
In 2006, Elliott Yamin introduced himself as a performer, becoming one of the best-loved "American Idol" contestants in the show's highest-rated season to date. The following year, he proved his mettle as a recording artist: his self-titled debut entered as the highest independent debut by a new artist in Billboard chart history - at #3 on the Top 200; his single, "Wait For You," was a Top 5, platinum-certified smash.
Fight For Love is the latest installment in Yamin's odyssey. "I've matured and grown as a vocalist and a writer, and I really wanted to display that on this record." He refined his sound, marrying his love of timeless R&B to cutting-edge, contemporary production, shaped with an all-star crew that includes StarGate, Harvey Mason Jr., Johnta Austin, MIDI Mafia, Eman, and Jermaine Dupri.
"I sought to work with as many people on this record as possible, to get different flavors and perspectives," he explains. "I didn't want every song to sound like it came from the same producer. It was important to mix things up a bit."
Sonia Rao
A classically trained musician for most of her life, Sonia only recently revealed her voice and story to the world. Growing up, she went to lessons – violin, piano, flute – every week. Orchestra rehearsals, band practice, guild competitions. As the daughter of Indian-American immigrants, it was assumed that she would pursue a career in medicine or law. But after graduating UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology, Sonia moved to San Francisco and began to realize that, beyond the scales and sheet music, she had stories to tell of her own. In that small apartment in North Beach, she finally found her voice. Sonia sat down at her keyboard and song after song came pouring out. These songs became her debut album ‘Calm Her’.
6 months later, Sonia’s music went worldwide when she was featured on NBC’s The Voice, where she received repeated praise from Cee-lo and Christina Aguilera on the purity and soulfulness of her vocals on every song. Since then she has shared the stage and sung duets with such artists as Daniel Bedingfield, Elliot Yamin, and Keaton Simons. Her music has been featured on shows such as MTV’s Jersey Shore and E! Network’s Married to Jonas.
Sonia’s refreshingly heartfelt lyrics, charming and intimate stage presence, and multi-instrumental talent are capturing the hearts of music lovers…song by song, story by story.
Mycle Wastman
Mycle Wastman
Most people can carry a tune. Some folks can sing pretty well, and there are the lucky few that manage to make a living singing. But on a rare occasion a singer comes along that makes you rethink what the human voice is capable of. A singer’s singer. Meet Mycle Wastman. Interpreting from all of the greats that have gone before him while still firmly exerting a style of his own, it is undeniable that Wastman is on par with the vocal legends of our time.

Spearheaded by the production team of Jonathan Kingham, Ryan Smith and Mycle Wastman and mixed by Juno nominated engineer George Seara (Mos Def, Sting, Holly Cole, Finger L1, Rihanna) The Beautiful Stay is a lush feast for the ears featuring vintage keyboard and vocal performances dripping with old soul vibe. Timeless vocals, R&B sensibilities, and classic songwriting are skillfully combined to produce a debut album that is a breath of fresh air in a time of increasingly processed factory stamped music.

The Beautiful Stay features 12 original songs written by Wastman with the help of Ryan Smith and Jonathan Kingham that glide from the funky and irresistible opening smash single “Found Wantin’” to the poignant and moving title track “The beautiful stay”. The swinging “As long as I’m with you” brings to mind hints of early d’Angelo and the hauntingly lonely vocal performance and creeping B3 organ on “Never Love Again” could easily pass for a long lost muscle shoals recording session.

Mycle Wastman understands where he has come from and with the release of his debut “The Beautiful Stay” it is obvious he knows where he is heading.