ANDRA DAY took us to church at the Miller Lite stage Saturday afternoon. The spirits of Nina, Ella, and Billie could be heard in this amazing voice as she sang her own brand of retro-soul with pop, jazz, and rock influences. The raw emotion of songs like "Gold" and a heart wrenching performance of "Rise Up" were crowd favorites and promised more to come from this rising star.
Words by Monique Hatch. Photo by Stephanie Devon Warren.
Video by Ahsjah Exume
A NEW STAR
SCHOOL BOY Q has come a long way from Habits & Contradictions. He’s at a point in his career where he has a collection of songs the whole crowd knows. In a perfect combination of West Coast G-funk trap, Q's raw persona and polished delivery showed his hit-making potential and why he has achieved his current level of success and notoriety. It's hard to stand in the shadow of the giant that is his labelmate Kendrick Lamar (to whom he shouted out constantly with love), but the Groovy Q himself proves he is a star in his own right, generating an irresistible gravitational pull.
Words by Russell Dizer. Photo by Salihah Saadiq