Raphael Saadiq and friends throw epic jam session with Spotify at Essence Fest

NEW ORLEANS – Raphael Saadiq performs during the Spotify House of Are & Be late-night jam session on July 6, 2019, in New Orleans. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Spotify)

During Essence Festival weekend in New Orleans, Spotify celebrated Black voices, female creators and thought leaders at the Spotify House of Are & Be. Held at Kingsway Studio, the event featured live performances, a high-profile podcast recording, DJ sets, and a curated art gallery.

Raphael Saadiq served as the headlining act for the after-hours event, which began shortly after midnight.

Backed by a live band, Saadiq ran through a slew of his classic hits which included “Stone Rollin'” and “The Way I See It.” The show also featured surprise performances by BJ The Chicago Kid, Elle Varner, Wale and Mario.

NEW ORLEANS – Guests attend the Spotify House of Are & Be Black girl magic day party with performance by Ari Lennox on July 6, 2019, in New Orleans. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Spotify)

The music added to the overall theme of Spotify House which displayed large photos and art of iconic artists and influential R&B albums. Featured artists included Patti LaBelle, Erykah Badu, Sade, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child and H.E.R.

The Bar Room incorporated images of artists such as Jill Scott and Anita Baker; the Red Room featured images of neo-soul artists such as Solange and D’Angelo; the White Room featured images Musiq Soulchild and Janet Jackson.

Earlier in the day, Ari Lennox performed at the Black Girl Magic Day party.

NEW ORLEANS – JULY 06: Ari Lennox performs during the Spotify House of Are & Be Black girl magic day party with performance by Ari Lennox on July 6, 2019, in New Orleans. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Spotify)
A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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