An R&B recluse is coming out of the woodwork and into Florida.
D'Angelo, the acclaimed thinking man's slow-jammer who had largely disappeared from the American consciousness before re-emerging with 2014's surprise release Black Messiah, has announced a concert at Orlando's House of Blues on Oct. 5.
The show will take place just four days after D'Angelo leads an all-star Bill Withers tribute at Carnegie Hall in New York, and immediately after he headlines Atlanta's Afropunk Fest, Oct. 3-4. That fest's schedule is not out yet, meaning he could theoretically book an additoinal Tampa Bay date before or after Orlando (he's also playing Miami on Oct. 6), but don't count on it. Anytime D'Angelo comes to your neck of the woods, you should get on that ASAP.
Scarcity isn't the only reason to go see D'Angelo. Black Messiah, his return to music after 14 years, was widely acclaimed; it topped the Village Voice's 2014 Pazz & Jop critics' poll despite being released in mid-December. I was lucky enough to see D'Angelo at Bonnaroo 2012, and trust me, it's worth the price of admission.
-- Jay Cridlin