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Review: Yonnas Abraham, Sextape release party at Theory + Practice, 12/16/11

Bianca Mikhan with Yo at Theory + Practice.
Bianca Mikhan with Yo at Theory + Practice.
Britt Chester

Joining forces with Bianca Mikahn, Catch Lungs, Jon Shockness and his BLKHRTS brethen, Karma and FOE, and backed by the Sextape Ensemble (Qknox, aka Jerod Sarlo, Hogans Daniel, Casey Sidwell and Chez Cheree Strong), Yo blew through his set with animalistic fury and artistic measure.

Jon Shockness of Air Dubai at the Sextape release party at Theory + Practice.
Jon Shockness of Air Dubai at the Sextape release party at Theory + Practice.
Britt Chester

When Yo brought Mikahn on stage for a performance of "Round and Round," the place erupted, and the dance floor was packed with flailing bodies. Over the course of his set, Yo performed the entire record. Standout moments included the party-rocking "What Up Yo?" with Jon Shockness and the super-slinky "In the City."

Yonnas Abraham looking all sorts of dapper at his Sextape release party.
Yonnas Abraham looking all sorts of dapper at his Sextape release party.
Britt Chester

Opening the set looking dapper and poised, by the end of the night -- and the end of the record -- Yo had worked himself and the audience into a whirlwind, and the energy in the room was palpable. Even though most of the material was brand-new and being played for the first time, the crowd responded with the favor of familiarity and gave as much energy to Yo as he gave back. For her part, Cassie Nova was perched on a platform next to the stage jamming right alongside Yonnas for the entire set.

Yo with Jon Shockness of Air Dubai.
Yo with Jon Shockness of Air Dubai.
Britt Chester

The band was killing it, and Yo was clearly having a grand time, as evidenced by the broad smile he broadcast as he powered through his set. Unsurprisingly, the MC was wildly impressive alongside Karma and Foe as they rocked "Pure Pitch Black" with the rowdy chemistry BLKHRTS has mastered. Overall, it was a beautiful display of art and imagery, and Yo gave a rousing delivery of each track, baring his soul to all in attendance.

The Sextape Ensemble Chez Cheree Strong (from left), Hogans Daniel, Casey Sidwell and QKnox (Jerod Sarlo) at Theory + Practice.
The Sextape Ensemble Chez Cheree Strong (from left), Hogans Daniel, Casey Sidwell and QKnox (Jerod Sarlo) at Theory + Practice.
Britt Chester
What up, Yo?
What up, Yo?
Britt Chester

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Personal Bias: Who doesn't love a good Sextape? By the Way: "Pure Pitch Black" is the track to check for. Random Detail: Casey Sidwell, sir, you were jamming on that bass.



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