Photo Credit: Ahad Subzwari
Solange observes the year anniversary of A Seat at the Table using a 30-piece band, unique guest Verdine White, along with each of the tastes.
“The folks who resonate with my work are increased as fuck and are creatives in their own ways,” advised the sold-out Radio City Music Hall audience last night with gratitude attitude. “And to have this community means so much to me personally. There are many different sides of me : the side that wants to twerk and also the side that loves the Sun Ra Arkestra. I’ve been able to exist in those facets of myself along with you men adopt this. So thank you!” And the crowd went wild.
Last year’s incredible A Seat at the Table celebrated its first anniversary of release last Saturday. Some 367 days later, Solange and a 30-piece band (string section and horns included) knocked New York City lifeless using two back-to-back shows that prove her third record’s ceaseless staying power. Raising the curtain with “Lift” and closing with the rousing sing-along “Do not Touch My Hair,” her positivist, intra-cultural messages resonated even deeper using a multicultural America living during the everyday WTF-kery of President Drumpf.
A huge orb sat center-stage (appearing like a peach/booty emoji whenever the house lamps bathed everything in red), two pyramids flanking both the far left and right, as Solange stalked Radio City at a typically stylish blue-green white. In-between songs heavy with A Seat at the Table selections, ” she joked about being on her stage, alternated interpretive dancing with hot twerks, and hit high notes easily.
Bruno Mars played with Brooklyn last night, too, also Solange’s core group of nine players are reminiscent of Mars’s funk-flavored troupe from the feeling that they often move as you–choreography, singing rebounds and musicianship shared equally between everyone. Hardcore fans were rewarded with choice cuts from her 2002 debut Solo Star (“Crush”), the Actual EP of 2012 (“Bad Girls”), also 2008’s Sol-Angel along with also the Hadley St. Dreams (“T.O.N.Y.”), records she rightly insisted on tripping in the aftermath of her latest album’s grand achievements. Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White guested on “Bad Girls” (he plays bass on the original); Solange commended the 66-year-old vet afterward for teaching her “everything I understand.”
The 6,000-strong crowd–running the variety of beautiful black women and their dates, Afropunk fashionistas and bearded hipsters–vowed allegiance to Solange by running down all the lyrics during highpoints such as “F.U.B.U.” and also “Cranes from the Sky,” and vibration bodies down to the ground. The celebrity herself did much dance, her private PA wires shook loose from her outfit than formerly (roadies running of the sidelines to receive her jacked back into the matrix).
A Seat at the Table continues its run as a #woke audio classic a complete year after its release. With a handful of 2017 dates left at Austin, Atlanta, Berkeley and Houston, Solange carrying her show on the street is not to be missed.
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