Hot Night for Neo-Soul Queen Erykah Badu

Erykah at the Winery
Erykah at the Winery

Erykah Badu brought her slow jam funk & soul show to the Mountain Winery last night and proved her command of the form under on a hot summers eve.  Starting the show her band displayed their chops on a version of “Amerykah Promise”, after which Erykah led us through a short list of twelve tracks, no encore, for just over an hour.  The set list ranged from older selections like “On and On” and “Apple Tree” from her 1997 album “Baduizm” through to her last studio release “New Amerykah Part Two” from 2010, from which my favorite track “Me” was included.  As there were a number of slower grooves during the first 45 minutes of the set, it took awhile for the majority of the crowd to get to their feet and dance.  But Erykah reaches out to her audience on a deeper, more soulful level as well, speaking her philosophies via her poetic lyrics, and honest delivery.  A warm introduction – highly recommended.

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