Chances are, you haven’t seen D’Angelo live. It ‘s also likely that D’Angelo isn’t listed on your bucket list. Not because you have bad taste in music, but because the man rarely tours and was largely forgotten about for a decade. Luckily, we can rectify that Wednesday night at the Keswick Theatre as our generation’s king of neo-soul and R&B takes the stage outside Philly.
D’Angelo released his long-awaited follow up to 2000’s Voodoo this year with his band The Vanguard to rave reviews. The album, Black Messiah, is contemporary while simultaneously classic D’Angelo. His unmistakable vocals are accentuated by a super talented group of musicians accompanying him on this project produced by Philly’s own Questlove.
Aside from some one-offs, including an incredible surprise Bonnaroo performance in 2011, D’Angelo hasn’t performed much over the past decade. However, by all accounts, D’Angelo and the Vanguard are off to killer start on this tour. The live stream of their set at this year’s Bonnaroo was a fantastic melding of classic funk and soul led by D’Angelo patented seductive vocals. The Vanguard is an impressive ensemble as well; Consequence of Sound said: “The Vanguard might very well be the tightest, most cohesive, and all-around best band on The Farm this year.”
Wednesday night’s opener, Meg Mac, is an impressive up and coming act in her own right. The Australian was named WXPN’s Artist to Watch for June after her electric performance at their Non-COMMvention and is definitely worth heading in early to watch.
A D’Angelo tour is rare thing. So throw him on the top of your bucket list, get out to the Keswick Theatre on Wednesday and enjoy an evening with a living legend. You may have to wait ten more years for another chance.
D’Angelo with The Vanguard – Keswick Theatre – June 23rd – Tickets