Last Friday Night I attended the Raheem De’Vaughn Show at City Winery Chicago. It was my first time seeing Raheem DeVaughn live and he exceeded my expectations. Art, Poetry and Soul Music in one incredible evening. Raheem DeVaughn is an artist who knows how to connect with his audience. He is true to himself in a time when some soul and R&B Artists try to fit within the current trends in order to remain relevant. His style, his sound and his artistry is rooted in soul. It is evident that it runs through his blood. Throughout his performance I was reminded of the genius of Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Donnie Hathaway and other R&B greats in how DeVaughn sang and performed. His soulful and melodious voice captivated an audience who has followed his now 10+ year career. His show showed his progression and evolution as an artist.
Impeccably dressed in a well-tailored red three piece suit, he belted out classics from his previous albums and from his forthcoming, “Love Reunion” album. His band was the perfect complement to his soulful melodies. DeVaughn masterfully took the audience on a musical journey through love, lust, romance, passion and more singing some hits like “Customer”,” You”, “That Way”, and on the birthday of the legendary Prince, he treated the audience to an absolutely stunning rendition of Prince’s, “Adore”, leaving fans screaming for more. One of the most poignant moments of the show was his performance of the socially conscious “Bulletproof”, showing solidarity to our people and our communities.
His love and appreciation for his fans were evident throughout the show. He was relatable, humourous, and charming, often interacting with the crowd and sharing personal stories of love, lust and insight. It was an interactive show with the audience participating and singing along not only to his music but to the music that brought back memories in every decade, the 70s, 80s and 90s. Catering to both single ladies and couples, he drew you in musically and it felt good. His energy was infectious and his humility was evident as he stayed after the show and personally met his fans staying until the last fan left.
It was my first time seeing him but it definitely won’t be my last. He’s an artist who sounds even better live.
Until next time…