As we are inundated with sugary pop songs that all seem to sound the same with computer generated beats and auto-tuned voices that neither satisfy or seduce our ears, a true legend is soon coming to reintroduce us to “grown folks” music. He will remind us that music is meant thrill the heart, soothe the savage beast within and set the mood so we can get passed ourselves, forget our troubles, and lay aside our inhibitions. That man is Raphael Saadiq, and he will be coming to Philadelphia on July 24th.
Since the 1980’s with the groups Tony Toni Tone and Lucy Pearl, Saadiq has produced and performed R and B standards that have endured time’s test with songs like “It Never Rains in Southern California” to “Dance Tonight”. His chart topping hit “Anniversary”, showed us how to celebrate the love in our lives and raised the expectations of significant others all over the world. The guitar intro is iconic and automatically stirs fond memories of shared love. “Lay Your Head on My Pillow” was the opening song to many forever romances and “Just Me and You” was the soundtrack of first love for a generation. Saadiq has written lyrics and music of soulful passion for decades.
In this century, Saadiq has continued to produce hits like “Cranes in the Sky” which earned Solange Knowles a Grammy for best R&B performance in 2017. Saddiq is also responsible for “Mighty River” co written with Mary J. Blige for the movie soundtrack of “Mudbound” and the original scoring for “Insecure” on HBO. Saadiq has production credits for artists ranging from D’Angelo and Erykah Badu to feature credits with artist like Rick Ross. Saadiq is multifaceted and brings his own unique style and soul to every project.
Saadiq will be performing at Union Transfer on 10th and Spring Garden St. in Center City Philly. The venue is located 4 blocks from the Broad St subway and has easy access to I95. Union Transfer boasts 3 bars, parking and a state of the art sound and lighting systems. With chandeliers, striking high ceilings, stained glass windows and a capacity from 200 to 1,200, Union Transfer is charming and intimate, while at the same time large and inviting. The perfect place to rock out with your buddies over beers and electric guitar or to slow dance with your soulmate and let Raphael Saadiq help you forget anyone else is even in the room. Artist and venue together are the making of a night not soon to be forgotten.