Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Afternoon in Downtown Brooklyn: Bilal at the BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech

(TweetPhoto courtesy of Rob Milton)

At noon today we were at MetroTech for what proved to be a wonderful concert with the enormously ambitious and versatile Soulquarian, Bilal, part of the BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival.

There was a huge crowd at the tree-filled plaza by the Myrtle Avenue Promenade, so we never got close up enough to see Bilal other than to see he was wearing a gray t-shirt with RIOT written on it, a tan cap, and camouflage mid-calf shorts.

But man, we could hear him good. Wow. Here is on a
YouTube video, also courtesy of the wonderful Rob Milton.

Bilal's dreamy ballads have echoes of funk, jazz, and hip-hop.

The vibe was so good in the shaded plaza on a relatively non-hot, non-humid afternoon. Most people were in love with Bilal's music.

Well, almost everyone.

For those old enough to appreciate genius, here's a video from "All for Love" taken by Mikael Colombu at Bilal's show in Paris just nine days ago.

Air Tight's Revenge is coming September 14!

Thanks to BAM and all the R&B Festival sponsors for bringing Bilal today. Coming up in the last two shows, the next two Thursdays at noon at MetroTech: Vieux Farka Touré and Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru.

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