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Must See? D'Angelo In August Is The Concert Of The Summer

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I caught D’Angelo performing a coupla songs at the Prince tribute earlier this year and to say he was the best thing about the evening would be to damn him with faint praise. During a lackluster evening of iffy interpretations, the potential top soul man of his generation took everybody to school.

It has been (gasp) 13 years so we last saw a full D’Angelo set round our way. Yeah, there was the opening act for Mary J Blige at Jones Beach last year, and the tiny Bells House gig this year but a major performance, years have rolled by with only the occasional scandal to brighten the day.

But now this is big. There is a full length  gig at Williamsburg Park on August 1st, tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster today at noon and, even if we are stuck with the Roots as the back up band, it is instantaneously the concert of the summer.

Do I want a GA gig? No.

Do I want to go to Brooklyn? I’d rather go to T5.

But will I? Absolutely.

The man behind the two finest soul albums in the past twenty years and with the best live show anywhere must be seen. When you see D’Angelo around other pop singers, like at the Carnegie Hall gig, it is a little upsetting. He is so much better than everybody it is like a glimpse of greatness behind a firewall of mediocrity.  Beyond a must see. Get up and go.

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