Minneapolis, Mn. -- On the evening of Wednesday, February 10, fans, friends and fellow artists gathered at downtown Minneapolis' 7th St. Entry (a smaller venue attached to the famous First Avenue) to celebrate the release of
' Booth-acclaimed debut album,
(available now for
, as well as
After a set by
, the event's host,
, took the stage to introduce the first act.
, the up-and-coming R&B singer who joined Dreams on single
, brought the night to a running start with energetic renditions of tracks like “Crazy Bout My Baby” and “Mr. Right.” Next, local rapper
– formerly known as Young Capo – transitioned into some more introspective material, including a record dedicated to his daughter.
After a brisk but energizing two songs from Toki himself, Detroit's
switched things up by performing his set in the midst of the audience. Finally, Minne-ap buzzmaker (and
took center stage to perform a few tracks off his acclaimed,
Click the video above to see highlights of Dreams' set, or watch the full, 45-minute performance here!
Excitement mounted as keyboardist
and emcee Hypel (performing as Mike's hype man) stepped onstage in anticipation of Mike Dreams' set – backed by
intro monologue “The Dreamer,” the headliner made his grand entrance, before launching into his catchy, hater-blocking single “
.” Crowd favorites included “
” and “
,” for which Dreams was joined by
, and the pensive “
” which he prefaced by describing the leap of faith it took to abandon his evening nine-to-five (or is that five-to-nine?) in order to devote himself to music full-time.
Though it wasn't possible to pack the house by flying his online fans in from across the globe (the artist wished he could've made it happen, he remarked to me before the show), it was nonetheless a night to remember, both for the close-knit crowd and the rising stars whose talents were on display. To paraphrase “Success Is...”, though the Minn-ap emcee has yet to score a coveted major deal, the arrival of
has brought him one small step – scratch that, one giant
– closer to the dream he's been chasing.