Lenny Kravitz "Raises Vibrations" In DC
27 September 2018
Washington, D.C. got a much needed raise in vibration on Monday, September 24th when Lenny Kravitz performed his second North American tour date at The Anthem.
Lenny is still the epitome of cool. He donned a tan and black mesh top, mirrored circular glasses and velvety blue rocker flares. He kicked of the show with his 1998 hit, “Fly Away” and proved that real music never truly gets old. He followed up with “Dig In” and “Bring it On” then asked us to put our phones away to be in the moment before he gave us a fiery performance of “American Woman”.
Lenny’s band was super tight. Former bassist for David Bowie, Gail Ann Dorsey, brought the funk. Other members include saxophonists Michael Sherman and Howard Todd, pianist George Lax and more. Trumpeter, Ludovic Louis, blew so hard during his solo he left me gasping for breath! Guitarist, Craig Ross, was the perfect yin to Lenny’s yang. The chemistry between them was nothing short of amazing!
The rock star slowed it down a bit for an ever so relevant cover of Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up”. We all jammed when he hit “Low”, the first single from his new album “Raise Vibration”. The hits kept coming when he delivered “It Ain’t Over til it’s Over”, “Believe” and my personal favorite, “I Belong to You”. He closed out the show with “Again”. He told us that it is an interesting time to be here. He said that we were chosen to be here at this time. Not only to be here but to participate. He encouraged us to “Wake up tomorrow and be a bit better than we are today.”
D.C. can often be a very reserved crowd but not when in presence of the great Lenny Kravitz. They roared until he came back to bless us with a rockin’ encore. Lenny was visibly moved as we chanted “Let Love Rule”. “This is our church this evening”, he said. The Anthem may want to have their building’s foundation checked after the crowd stomped and danced so hard to the final song, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”.
Kravitz only played one song from his new album, “Raise Vibration”, which was a missed opportunity to share some beautiful new music. The album is straight fire with a message. Staying true to form, Lenny’s latest album promotes togetherness and love. He makes us question the our place in the universe with the static infused “Who Really Are the Monsters?”. He reminds us that we are not here to judge in “Here to Love”. His stacked vocals shower the ears with “Gold Dust”. I recommend having an earbud/headphone date with the album “Raise Vibration”. It is impeccably mixed and has such a rich sound. Science has proven that the vibration music emits, its frequency, influences the mood of its listener. The tour and album are definitely named appropriately. Lenny Kravitz came to D.C. and took us higher. He raised our vibration.
You can catch Lenny in the U.S. for 5 more dates then he spreads his vibration to Europe. To find tour dates go to lennykravitz.com.
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- Erica Washington @purplepolytix