Raphael Saadiq in Vancouver (Live) [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Tuesday evening in Vancouver had the always dapper Raphael Saadiq and his righteous band of seven filling the Commodore with sweet soul vibes and springtime romantics. Outfitted in all black and dressed to kill the band entered the stage first, busting slick moves before welcoming their main man with a funky bassline and beat. All eyes were on Saadiq, handsome as ever, as he captivated the crowd immediatley with tracks like “Heart Attack” and “Radio” from his fourth and latest solo album Stone Rollin.
From the energetic dance of his female backup singer to the epic over-the-head guitar solo from his lead guitar player, the band made it clear that their intent was to impress. Although the allure of Saadiq’s sweet croon was hard to overlook, the band definitely got all the attention they demanded. “You Should Be Here” had K-Os pop onstage quickly for his own attention-demanding second, not to lend his vocals but just to remind Vancouver of how popular he is. Very much appreciated.
Favorites from The Way I See It were sung with style and grace, as songs were extended and faded into one another in what sounded like soul perfection. Snappy dance moves accompanied songs like “Sure Hope You Mean It” and “Love That Girl” before the mood was softened with the lovely vocals of female backup taking over for the down-tempo “Good Man.”
Pleasant memories from the 90s had Saadiq pulling from the archives of Tony!Toni!Tone! with “Anniversary” while couples in the crowd cuddled over nostalgia. Romantic vibes filled the air for the perfect date, and with the help of the immaculate Raphael Saadiq, it was a night that surely ended with somebody getting pregnant.
Written by Kassandra Guagliardi for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith