Review: Lalah Hathaway in Concert

By Madeline Sutton Before Lalah came on stage in Atlanta on October 1, 2016, she asked that all cell phones be turned off, so that we could be “fully in the experience.” And what an experience it was! Lalah’s voice is exquisite and silky and powerful and something meant to be experienced live. The recording […]

Concert Review: Ana Tijoux

Central Park Summerstage New York, NY July 9, 2014   By Ernest Barteldes On her Central Park debut as part of the 15th Edition of the Latin Alternative Music Conference, the Chilean-born rapper really showed her credentials as an emerging talent in the genre by playing a solid, no-dud set backed by a solid band […]

Soul Takes the Festivals in New York’s Five Boroughs

By Ernest Barteldes As soon as the last snowflakes fall and we switch into spring, I begin counting the days for festivals like Celebrate Brooklyn and Summerstage, both of which have become a city tradition for folks in New York and beyond. After all, at these shows you have the rare opportunity to see your […]

Live Review: Leela James

Highline Ballroom July 18, 2012 New York By Ernest Barteldes As the lights went down, the voice of the late James Brown came on with his trademark screams and grooves. About a minute later, Leela James came on stage with her band (backing vocalist, keyboards, drums, bass, and electric guitar) and thanked the audience for […]