Whether it was date night or girl’s night, Jesse Boykins, ABIR, and Chris Turner knew how to keep the crowd dancing and vibing at Highline Ballroom on a Thursday night. Although each artist had their own very different sound, they were tied together seamlessly by their common themes about love, lust, peace, soul, and the everything in between.
Chris Turner, born and raised in Oakland, California, started off the night with his soulful hippie sounds. It was the perfect way to ease into the night, especially for those who were catching the show with a date or significant other.
ABIR hit the stage next, only proving that the influx of DMV talent is not ending any time soon. Born in Fez, Morocco and raised in Virginia, Abir is the perfect blend of R&B and Pop, with a powerhouse chills-worthy voice. Whether it was old fans or new fans, everyone in the room was captivated by her as she performed original tracks like “GIRLS” as well as her beautiful rendition of Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”. Keep your ear out for her because 2017 is going to be her year.
Last, but certainly not least, was Jesse Boykins III, who had all of the ?#EarthGirls? dancing and swooning over him. With sounds that mix Soul, R&B, and Pop with Electronic and Atmospheric elements, Jesse creates music that is unique and makes it almost impossible not to dance and celebrate the beauty of life.
He performed new tracks from Bartholomew as well as material from his previous albums Love Apparatus, Zulu Guru, and The Beauty Created. Everyone in the crowd had a drink in their hand and was grooving with their loved ones – the perfect way to kick off Fourth of July weekend.
Check out the full recap below!
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— JESSE BOYKINS III (@JesseBoykins3rd) June 30, 2017
— Tori McCue (@torimccue_) June 30, 2017
— Bruce S. Griffith (@CuzBruce) June 29, 2017
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