Yes, R&B great Eric Roberson was up close and personal at the Langston Hughes Library, and a packed, adoring crowd was thrilled to greet him.
Roberson, a brilliant songwriter, at age 40 is prolific with 13 albums - and more forthcoming. Both charming and funny, he is a wonderful singer as well, and kept the enthralled crowd in the palm of his hand throughout his hour plus set. At one point he took a new twist on an improv comedy technique of making up a song from random words solicited from the audience. To see a noted performer effortlessly put a catchy number together out of thin air- and the band right there with him- was a marvel to behold.
The standing ovation at the end of the show was spontaneous and heartfelt.
Opener D Maurice AKA DMo has a big, booming voice, with a huge personality to match. Within minutes he turned a room full of strangers into friends. Mixing originals with classic R&B covers of Earth, Wind & Fire and others, his short set perfectly warmed up the crowd. In a world that seeks to find and mold the next teen pop star, there should also be a place for a talent of this magnitude- D Mo's voice and music is beautiful and worthy.
This was a wonderful evening in a lovely setting- music for grown folk as they say. Bravo to one of the jewels of the Queens Library in Langston Hughes for presenting this and many other events free of charge.
I could picture the great poet Hughes himself, a noted music lover, looking down and approving.
Visit: http://www.queenslibrary.org/ for upcoming events.
Evan Ginzburg is the Associate Producer and appears as himself in the film, The Wrestler. He is a 25 year plus film, TV and radio veteran, formerly with 50,000 Watt WBAI-FM 99.5 NYC. He currently hosts the Arts program, The Evan Ginzburg Show on www.villageconnectionradio.com every Sunday 11AM-1PM.