In support of art pop diva Kimbra, Dawn opened the show recently at the Sixth & I Synagogue. This venue was perfect for this special tour, and listening to Dawn in this intimate space made it even better.
On Dec. 6, Dawn kept it simple with just her and keyboardist, Spencer Zahn, on stage. (A quick shoutout to her head piece during her set because I don’t too many people that can pull that off.) She sang her latest single “Jealousy,” which has been on repeat since she played it live. She truly delved into her emotions and delivered with her voice. The lyrics alone were blunt pieces of advice about toxic relationships. It was an excellent single to get back to her R&B roots.
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Another highlight of set was her rendition of “Hallelujah.” It gave me chills and felt super appropriate within this setting.
I loved that she was personal, sharing her tidbits with the audience. Dawn, previously known by her full name Dawn Richard, talked a bit about her past singing experience, her hometown of New Orleans, and family. I was a little sad that Dawn didn’t come out to sing “Version of Me,” but Kimbra stated that she had a cold and needed her to feel better for the rest of the tour. This news surprised and impressed me because you couldn’t tell from her performance that Dawn was sick (–hope she’s feeling better!).
Kimbra: An Intimate, Reimagined Evening with Dawn wrapped up this weekend in Boston on Dec. 9, but Dawn is expected to return in 2019 with a new album, New Breed — due on Jan. 25. Here are photos of the Dawn performing at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue on Dec. 6, 2018. All photos copyright and courtesy of Brenda Reyes.