With the summer concert season coming, several national acts are making their ways to the Twin Cities, but sorely there are not too many options for fans of soul, neo-soul and R&B.
One exception to this is the upcoming concert starring neo-soul luminaries N’dambi, a Grammy nominee; and former Hidden Beach Records recording artist, Keite Young. The two are set to play the Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave. N, in downtown Minneapolis, 8 p.m., Thurs., May 24.
Those most familiar with the genre of neo-soul recognize N’dambi (http://www.ndambionline.com/) as a former background singer and writer with Erykah Badu. Now as a solo artist on the legendary Stax Records, N’dambi’s “Pink Elephant” CD garnered a 2011 Grammy nomination with singles including “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Nobody Jones” and “What It Takes.” N’dambi’s “Imitator” was selected by the Bose speaker company to showcase its latest line of speakers and headphones.
Young (http://www.hiddenbeach.com/discover/the-rise-and-fall-of-keite-young), a Dallas native, broke on the scene in the late-2000s with his Hidden Beach Records (Jill Scott, Kindred and the Family Soul) release, “The Rise and Fall of Keite Young.” The project gained rave reviews and enticed comparisons to Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Sam Cook and Sly and the Family Stone. Young is an accomplished musician who plays multiple instruments. His single, “If We Were Alone,” a duet with N’dambi, helped to make the project one of Hidden Beach Records bigger successes.
The Thurs., May 24 show at the Fine Line also features the Solomon Witherspoon and Ten17 and The Devine Collection. Tickets are $20 in advance via http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/246608 and $25 at the door. The event is presented by Thee Urbane Life and Canvas Ent., producers of two recent Eric Roberson shows in Minneapolis.
N’dambi and Keite Young
Thurs., May 24
Fine Line Music Cafe
318 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
$20 in advance $25 at the door