Raheem DeVaughn ‘The Love King’ in London – 13th September 2014 Islington Assembly Hall (Soul Gigs)
“Great Old fashioned Soul Voice..an amazing tone, exceptionally polished performance…truly captured his audience!”
Debby Williams Contributing Editor DeeperTheBeats
Three times Grammy nominated Raheem DeVaughn comes to London, with the Launch of his fourth studio album ‘A place called Loveland’ This talented singer songwriter and performer brings his heart and soul onto the UK stage..DeeperTheBeats witnessed ‘The PASSION’, ‘The ARTIST’, ‘The Love King’….
I attended Raheem DeVaughn’s wonderful gig at the Islington Assembly Hall. It was an intimate affair in the Grade II Art Deco building complete with glitter ball, beautiful stage and balcony.
There was a very orderly, civilized queue as I waited for my colleague, whom I had hitherto not met before, I was asked if it was a blind date; it was that kind of vibe. You would be forgiven for thinking that it was date night. There were so many couples, seasoned Soul enthusiasts, as well as a few spring chickens.
Rare groove with DJ D Nyce, who rocked the house, whilst the audience were milling around, as it was standing room only downstairs in the auditorium. Casual smart was the uniform of choice with leather jackets and the obligatory phones at the ready but strictly no selfies!
After 9pm the band appeared on stage, An inspirational artist called ‘Demontpinder’ began painting a canvas on stage as part of the evenings performance; it was quite spectacular watching the painting develop with inspirational pieces from recent trips overseas.
DJ Money, played tracks from Earth Wind and Fire’s ‘Remember’ to Cameo ‘Candy’ to get us in the mood for the ‘Love King’s’ arrival. As we are grooving away Raheem Devaughn saunters across the stage in a gold jacket singing: “I Don’t Care”.
Everyone is swaying, couples smooching; its RnB at it’s very best; the ‘Love King’ has arrived.
Devaughn greets his audience “Do you mind if I call you ladies, Queens and men, Kings?”
With four albums of work in his musical catalogue, Devaughn entertains with “Bullet Proof” and “Spread the love” for ‘The Love Experience’.
The Jazzy interlude enabled the artistic band to show their metal, especially the snare drums and the slapping bass guitar, after which DJ Money plays a few bars of each song from DeVaughn’s first album, for the audience to choose their favourites. Everyone is grooving including the man of the moment when Raheem suddenly shouts “REWIND, REWIND!!!” pulls up his shirt suggestively and started to sing “Believe”. Someone in the crowd (of the female persuasion) screamed and he croons “I love you too, touch yourself, text yourself” in reference to another of his songs before he continues the Concert, which is now hotting up.
DeVaughn states that 2005 was a good year for the ladies and sings “Woman” to an ecstatic appreciative audience. If it wasn’t evident by now, his sultry falsetto hits us..sexy and bold..this song is greeted with great applause.
After a poetry interlude this Neo Soul, Rythmn and Blues crooner got real Naaasty with his “B.O.B” (Battery Operated Boyfriend). His devotees were delighted and it went down (no pun intended) a treat. DeVaughn appeared to enjoy licking a pretend, ahem, ice cream. Lets say it was stimulation for the imagination. When the song was over he ad-libbed BUUZZZzz, BUUZZZzz,!!! I guess there were some pesky bees around.
DeVaughn charmed us with so much more; ‘Baby’, ‘Love Connection’, and ‘Ridiculous’. He ended with ‘Customer’ his most popular and highest charting single…I can honestly say that we all went home thoroughly sated.
‘By the way the painting looked like Amy Winehouse and Nas’
Raheem DeVaughn Musicians/Band
Keys: Oscar Kareem Stieler
Drums: Antony Sweetstix Lewis
Guitar: Paul Paulie Murray
Bass: Drew Campbell
Contributing Editor: Debby Williams
Photographic Credits: Kings ‘Flip The Script’