Hotel Café has been the home for rising artists in Hollywood for years now, and this night was no exception. In the smaller of the room, friends, family, and fans packed the lounge as the musicians got ready for Mario Jose’s anticipated set. Being a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, his alumni friends eagerly chatted about everything Mario: his new EP, his tour with Post Modern Jukebox, and his guest appearances on tour with the Pentatonix. The room was filled with love rather than the usual Hollywood indifference, which was a breath of fresh air in and of itself.
Mario gave the room an incredibly heart felt performance. With a mixture of pop covers and his original work, it became obvious there was a reason why he had a month long residency at the Hotel Café. His pop vocal artistry and control is something not only talent could produce; he had spent years perfecting his technique and it showed, especially in a live setting. A delightful aspect of the set was when he asked different local vocalists to sing with him on stage. The spirit of collaboration and performing for the sake of music alone made the audience grin from ear to ear, and even caused some of the patrons to sing along in the small space. And when the set came to a natural low, Mario Jose’s ability to be a true storyteller during his heavy hitting pieces, such as “Heart Of Gold,” proved to be one of his greatest talents. He ended the set with his uplifting song “Lightheaded” off his new EP, and led the crowd in a sing along, ending the set on an uplifting note.
With a big voice and a big heart, Mario Jose is a pop artist on the rise to watch. Catch him during his last two weeks of residency at the Hotel Café on June 2nd and June 9th. This is an experience you do not want to miss.