Out of the many reasons why Retro-soul diva Andra Day‘s ravishing set last night at The Ardmore Music Hall was just everything, there was one element that truly stood out above the rest (besides THAT voice, of course)–it was how real she kept it with her audience throughout the entire evening.
Entering the brightly lit stage decked out in true Soul 2 Soul fashion form, an oh, so fierce turban that was matched with big gold hoop earrings for days, the red-hot Day instantly became one with her sold out crowd. In fact, the songstress felt the chill audience vibe so much that right when she strutted on and began belting the golden tracks off of her critically acclaimed Cheers to the Fall album, she straight up took a seat on the stage and reeled us all in with her keeping-it-real-like-that life presence. Also, in case you didn’t know, a handful of Ms. Andra’s debut set was produced by Philly’s own rap legends The Roots and DJ Jazzy Jeff, which is another reason why the singer could truly feel the love. Well, that and the fact that there’s nothing better than a Philly live music crowd.
Also on the fun, funkdafied music ride, Ms. Day took time out to chat and laugh (which is absolutely insatiable) with her eager audience, showed lots of music love for her incredible backup band (who were just as much the stars of the show as she was), and also brought out opening acts Conrad Sewell and Seleka back on the glowing stage for an encore while the songstress took a brief break in between singing slays.
Ms. Day’s brother was also in attendance, but instead of cheering her on from the audeince, he kept busy on stage playing drums all night for his sister. All further proving that there’s truly nothing better than the good old fashioned family music love.
But indeed it all comes back to the way Ms. Day truly felt her crowd last night (especially during her three song tribute to Michael Jackson and when we all joined her on her trademark ballad, “Rise Up”), and how her sense of keeping it real was in full effect. You could feel that she wanted to be there and had so much natural love for her fans, which made everyone feel comfortable right out of the live music gate.
In a music industry that’s loaded with music artists that have teams and teams of people around them tending to cloud them on what kind of music artist they’re supposed to be (we all know who they are), it’s very easy to tell that Andra Day is not that type of music artist, or will she ever be that type of diva. She’s a true, down to earth, extraordinarily talented musician, and that element was on absolute fine display at the Ardmore Music Hall last night.
If you haven’t gotten the chance to revel in everything Ms. Day has to musically offer, take a seat at the music tea table and get lost in Philly Mixtape’s exclusive chat with the incredible singer right here.