Last night was indeed a night to remember! With record lows reaching a chilling -20 degrees many believed that this years annual First Night Akron 2018 New Year Eve Event would be a cold ghost town. However, Akron isn't any old city and the people who resides there are not quick to give up. After all, this is the same city mega NBA superstar LeBron James was born and raised! So it was of no surprise when the city flooded the streets to bring in the New Year together.
Part of that motivation is due to the hometown Award Winning Band BLU PI who performed at the Akron Art Museum. The cold temps were no match for the hot tunes produced by the professional R&b band and the fans were loving every bit of it! We were able to catch up with Jai Latimore who is the founder and band manager of Blu Pi and this is what he had to say about the event "No matter how far we go or how big the stage, there will never be anywhere like home".
Jai is also the original drummer of Blu Pi but recently stepped down to focus more on the marketing, managing and production of the band. However, he was able to sneak on stage at some point to play the electric percussion (seen in picture on the far right with red tie). When asked about it this is what he said "Music will always be in me... normally I don't play anymore but I couldn't miss this opportunity to play with my true hometown friends. It's not like playing on the road with other musicians you don't know. These are people you grew up with and though we don't always get alone, there are no other people I would rather be on stage with sharing this moment". Joining Jai on stage was long time friends Kofi Boakye on keys, Jeff Law on drums, Blu Pi's Own lead vocalist Rau-Elle Wilkins and all the way from New York the one and only SmokeFace on bass.