Head down to The Hamilton this July and enjoy the uniquely designed, state-of-the-art venue where the musician and audience come together for a truly one-of-a-kind experience of entertainment and dining. Check out The Hamilton’s top picks for the month.
1. Naomi Shelton and Kevin Jackson on Saturday, July 9
Catch Naomi Shelton, a veteran gospel/soul singer who only recently got her big break and signed to Sharon Jones’ Daptone Records. Though the music is most unapologetically gospel, most of the lyrics on the record would fall under what could be called “message songs.” That is, music containing uplifting spiritual messages, reminiscent of the more inspirational moments of The Staple Singers or Curtis Mayfield. However, the relationship between gospel and soul music does not need to be discussed again here. It is as plainly and naturally inherent in these grooves as it is in the singer’s every word and motion. There is no one alive today that has a voice or spirit more capable of lifting an audience than Naomi Shelton.
Also, don’t miss Kevin Jackson, a Baltimore-based R&B/soul singer who is lively and energetic. A guitarist, bassist and producer, Kevin Jackson from has recorded and performed with artists Sheila E., Jennifer Holliday, Maysa, Oli Silk, Chico Debarge and international talent Kenny Wesley. Jackson’s mix of acoustic renditions, rock, contemporary Christian, jazz and soulful R&B offers something for every taste. On stage, it’s easy to see this is where he is most comfortable. Performing is truly where Jackson comes to life through his music and band. $15-$35. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.Purchase tickets here.
Catch the former guitarist of The Black Crowes touring as a solo project, and what a treat! Robinson has pushed himself further than ever in his new music and it still fits into the arc that spans all of the music he’s made, on his own and with the Crowes. “I’ve always been happy with every record I’ve ever made,” he reflects. “With the band and on my own, I’ve always made the best records we could at the time. I’ve never looked back and thought, ‘I wish I could have done this differently.’ That’s not how I think. From when I was 19 and we made Shake Your Money Maker to now, I’ve never tried to make the same record twice. We were always pushing and pushing, always forward. We were free, but it’s been great to get away from always thinking, ‘I’m writing for this band. I’m writing for someone else’s voice.’” Enjoy his Southern Jam Band style. $18-$28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.Hamilton: 600 14th St. NW, DC; 202-787-1000; www.thehamiltondc.com
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