Eric Benét (Photo courtesy Primary Wave Entertainment)
The Love Song Is Here to Stay: Eric Benét
A standard English dictionary likely defines “singing” as the ability to create musical notes and sounds with the use of the human voice. Meanwhile, the soulful current of barbershops, hair salons and R&B-dedicated forums gladly define “sangin’” as the ability to sing but with mandatory diaphragm use, grit, passion, and pure confidence! R&B veteran Eric Benét provided The Birchmere with a dose of sangin’ on Jan. 17, in the first of two crowded shows, with seated couples and live videos aplenty.
Eric Benét (Photo courtesy the artist)
Eric Benét released his self-titled eighth studio album in 2016 via Jordan House and BMG. The R&B superstar continued to tour after the album’s release, and he’s making his way to DC for two dates at The Birchmere on Wednesday, Jan. 17, and Thursday, Jan. 18.
Raheem DeVaughn performs at the Howard Theatre on Dec. 21, 2017. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
R&B sensation Raheem DeVaughn organized a big holiday show at the Howard Theatre on Dec. 21, and Chris Castillo was there to photograph it! The show was all about uniting people, and Raheem was accompanied by the legendary go-go band Backyard Band, Major, Faith Evans, and several other acts!
Black Thought (foreground) and Questlove (background) perform with The Roots at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
The Roots will soon release End Game, their 12th studio album, marking an extremely productive run for the house band for The Tonight Show. The nine-man ensemble, led by vocalist Black Thought and drummer Questlove, have been touring regularly lately, and they dropped by MGM National Harbor for an exciting show on Sunday, Aug. 13.
Jill Scott performs at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on Sunday, June 25, 2017. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
Ms. Jill Scott visited MGM National Harbor for two nights on June 24 and 25 as part of a 25-date US tour to serenade audiences with evenings of poetic soul.
Isaiah Rashad performs at U Street Music Hall on Feb. 2, 2017. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
Isaiah Rashad of Top Dawg Entertainment stopped by U Street Music Hall on Thursday to rap for an enthusiastic sold-out audience. His “Lil Sunny Tour” came to DC with special guests Lance Skiiiwalker and Jay IDK.
Isaiah Rashad (Photo by Justin Hogan)
Chattanooga native son Isaiah Rashad has been grabbing attention with the release of his debut full-length album, The Sun’s Tirade, via Top Dawg Entertainment last September.