Photography by Steven Philips StSteven.com
Opening last Saturday night’s show was Local Khemistry. An “extra” act that wasn’t on the bill, he warmed up the crowd with some solid mc work. Then Kuf Knotz took the stage with a solid band including Dave and Ginger – both solid on backup vocals, plus a full band. Kuf’s energy is second to none, both in it’s level and it’s nature – pure positivity. His personality comes through in the writing and the performance. The musical arrangements and the bands delivery would have been solid enough to stand on it’s own, and with Kuf Knotz’ singing and rapping, it made for one of the best hiphop performances I’ve seen.
Next on stage was Talib Kweli and his producer/dj. He performed a solid set that was well received by the audience. After a lengthy set break, Lauryn Hill’s dj took us through a history of the musical genres that inspire her music. It was a good bit of background for me, but the audience was anxious for the star herself to grace the stage. Once she did,
Ms. Lauryn Hill dazzled the audience with a long solid set of music, backed by an excellent band, that spanned the decades. She played many covers, a good number of Fugees tunes, and even sat with her acoustic guitar for a few numbers. She not only sang, but directed the entire performance, conducting the band members, and instructing the lighting and sound people from center stage. It was my first time seeing Ms. Hill, and I was impressed by her voice, her charisma, and her passion. Enjoy these photographs.