Photo by Tony Mobley
The annual Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York City will be returning in late April, and will include a special performance by Solange. However, just as soon as the event was announced, Red Bull had taken to its Twitter account to say that Solange’s concert was already sold out.
"Piano Nights: Gucci Mane & Zaytoven: and "Solange: An Ode To" have both sold out. #RBMANYC
— Red Bull Music Academy (@RBMA) March 22, 2017
In a press release for the multi-day event, Solange’s performance, which is entitled “Solange: An Ode To” and will be held at the Guggenheim Museum, is described as follows:
“…An Ode To, an interdisciplinary performance piece and meditation examining themes from A Seat at the Table through movement, installation work, and experimentation through re-constructing musical arrangements…An Ode To continues the Guggenheim’s rich program of groundbreaking performances, as Solange activates the museum’s iconic Rotunda space with familiar and reimagined versions of songs from A Seat at the Table.”
This event will take place on May 18. Other events a part of the festival include: a special Prince tribute spearheaded by legendary Detroit house artist Moodymann; an intimate, piano bar performance between Gucci Mane and Zaytoven; a conversation with Teddy Riley on New Jack Swing; and a tribute to Alice Coltrane, which will feature a concert led by her son, Ravi Coltrane.
“As I watched Solange perform at a SXSW showcase sponsored by YouTube, I saw A Seat At The Table come to life so to speak,” staff writer Elijah Watson wrote. “Her show wasn’t different than what you’ve seen when she’s performed on television. But to be standing there witnessing the synchronized dance moves; the angelic coos provided by Solange’s backup singers; and to simply see Solange bask in her blackness in real time, is an absolute treat.”
“But the best part of Solange’s set was surely the blackness — the many black faces that were front and center reciting Solange’s performance word for word,” Elijah added. “There was one moment where she, performing ‘F.U.B.U.,’ grabbed a fan’s phone from the side of the stage and sung into it. The joy on that man’s face was something that stayed with me well after Solange’s performance, and well after the complimentary Tito’s Vodka I drank settled in.”
— Okayplayer (@okayplayer) March 16, 2017