Sponsored link
Sunday, May 19, 2024

Sponsored link

MusicLive ShotsLive Shots: Maxwell brought some smooth 'n sexy to...

Live Shots: Maxwell brought some smooth ‘n sexy to the symphony

The soul singer's decades of romantic hits were rounded out with orchestral flare and an adoring audience

Like the sparkles on the lapel of his jacket, Maxwell scattered star dust all over Davies Symphony Hall on Friday, August 4, taking a break from his extensive Night Tour for an orchestral engagement with the SF Symphony. After opening with “Bad Habits,” the symphony aglow with sexy, red lighting, Maxwell—commenting that this was “bougie as fuck”—set about creating an intimate, almost collaborative experience with the full music hall. The audience felt included with Maxwell’s many thank yous and shout outs to the Bay Area, luxuriating in the sound of his voice paired with superlative musicians in a beautiful venue.

With their tech devices shut away in Yondr pouches, the audience put their focus on the show and each other, leading to an amazing atmosphere of engagement. Maxwell seemed in awe of the audience’s adoration. His soulful voice, and R&B songs were enriched by wind, string, brass, percussion, conducted by Steven Reineke. In addition to the symphony orchestra, Maxwell was joined by his longtime band, including supporting vocalist LaTina Webb. Each person’s specialty added to the collective musical experience.

Later in the concert, Maxwell cheerfully noted that the audience was full of all types of people from all walks of life “celebrating” together. Such is the power of music: A gifted and charismatic artist and his band + a renowned symphony and conductor + some call and response + a few sing-along sessions + a stand and dance moment + a lot of gratitude = happy folks scattering into the night full of good cheer. —Patty Riek

48 Hills welcomes comments in the form of letters to the editor, which you can submit here. We also invite you to join the conversation on our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Sponsored link


The embarrassment of the billionaires

Plus: What are the city's priorities, and will short-term thinking dominate the budget debate? That's The Agenda for May 19-26

Mental health center in the Castro under suspicious threat of eviction

Members of Queer LifeSpace held a rally at 2275 Market St. to organize and avoid being kicked out before they’re served eviction papers.

From Soulsville, USA to the beach (Boys): 4 new music docs to tune up your summer sounds

Never-before-seen archival footage gives insight on your favorites—unguarded Beatles and Indigo Girls, anyone?

More by this author

‘It’s a celebration’: Madonna pulled out all stops on tour through decades of hits

Firing up Chase Center for a two-night extravaganza, pop's iconic provocateur provided plenty of nostalgia.

Live Shots: 23rd Edwardian Ball was a sensory feast

Mystery, magic, daring feats, and great looks came to the Regency Ballroom on January 27.

Live Shots: Circus Bella’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ reels with oohs and aahs

Joy, color, human emotions, and wild feats under the Big Top for the local troupe's new winter show.
Sponsored link

You might also likeRELATED