SOLANGE is the cousin that finally gets a break after years of selling mixtapes out of her trunk.
There was no trace of her sister’s shadow as Solange stepped gracefully into the spotlight of the newly relocated Barton Springs Stage. It was truly a soul-feeding performance that was worth the additional 20 minute wait for the sun to lower so the lighting could be seen.
Solange and her band came out onto a red stage bathed in red light wearing matching red outfits, giving life to those in need. Every movement was art down to Solange’s full on twerk session mid-set and moments of ecstatic dance.
And her voice! My God it was clear and full as she worked her way from her past works to her most recent hits with A Seat at the Table.
It was fun watching her career take on a life of its own and seeing her take in the energy of the crowd. At one point she was reprimanded by security for making what looked to be an unplanned trip from the stage down to the crowd barrier to bless the masses. She walked down the row and looked directly into the eyes of every Black woman . It was powerful, especially since she was in the throws of singing “F.U.B.U”
Words by Monique Hatch. Photo by Stephanie Devon Warren