Snoh Aalegra (photo: Robert Alleyne)
Sol Blume is taking over downtown Sacramento’s Cesar Chavez Plaza Center this Saturday for its second annual concert full of good vibes and music. While the headliner, Miguel, may be closing out the show, The Bay Bridged is looking forward to a few of the acts leading up to the main event. Check out the five artists we’re excited to see at this year’s Sol Blume festival.
Anyone who made the Brooklyn Circus Fillmore Jazz Fest in 2015 will remember Masego. The self-professed “good-looking guy with Jamaican heritage” put on a performance to be savored. In just four years, he has released two albums and has been playing the saxophone as he goes. His live performance is lively, unexpected, and we cannot wait to see how it translates to a festival stage. With an artist like Masego, anything can happen.
Snoh Aalegra‘s style of R&B/soul music is elegant and satisfying. The Swedish-Iranian singer-songwriter’s debut album, FEELS, is full of rich atmospheric strings and intertwined with beats that subtly lean on hip-hop. When singing live, her performances are delicate and restrained; every note is measured, with the emphasis placed on generating emotions. Aalegra released two singles at the start of 2019, “You” and “I Want You Around,” both of which push a more contemporary sound to the forefront. We’re excited to hear these, and more new music, in what is sure to be a soul-warming and luscious set.
New York-based singer-songwriter Raveena has been quietly racking up millions of plays for her soothing indie-R&B music. She sold-out San Francisco’s Cafe du Nord last summer and her debut EP, Shanti, has been praised for touching on topics of empowered sexuality and the importance of self-care as a woman of color. Her music often throws back to the neo-soul slow jams from the likes of Vivian Green and Jaguar Wright. We are looking look forward to a lush and sensual performance by a singer quickly making her mark on the R&B music scene.
Over the past year or so, Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez’s name has been climbing the ranks due to her collabs with Sam Smith, 6LACK, and Eminem. Her two albums, Being Human in Public and Kiddo, were both a wonderful introduction to who we now know today. Notably, her current song making its way across the airwaves, “Figures,” is what everyone might be bumping their head to simultaneously. We’re ready for it, Jessie.
Tierra Whack’s 2018 album Whack World caught listeners by storm with 15 tracks, all hitting just the one-minute mark. Captivating, yes. What’s more intriguing is the accompanying visual and auditory project that is a must see. We’re wondering how this will translate on stage but it’ll surely be one hell of a set.
Cesar Chavez Plaza
April 27, 2019
Additional reporting by Robert Alleyne