A blend of 1980s classic R&B, neo-soul new school and several odes to the style of Motown-era blues, Oakland, Calif.-born Raphael Saadiq brought his smooth rhythms to the 9:30 Club. Many may remember Saadiq as a key member of the new jack swing group Tony! Toni! Tone!, which had their best years in the late-1980s to mid-1990s. And many of the crowd at the 9:30 Club surely did remember those days as they chanted for Saadiq to sing the band’s seminal hit “Anniversary.” Saadiq teased the crowd by repeatedly asking if “ya’ll ready for Anniversary?” only to go into songs from his solo career. But that’s a good thing considering his soulful hits like "Ask of You" and "Me & You," all sung passionately on stage, Saadiq often clutching the microphone, eyes closed, letting the music take over his soul.
Freelance music and entertainment reporter and photographer based in Washington, D.C. Has covered U2, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Black Eyed Peas, Outkast, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Fall Out Boy, Flight of the Conchords, Blue Man Group, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jason Mraz, Pink, The Ting Tings, Franz Ferdinand, John Legend, Lil Wayne, Cypress Hill, Public Enemy, Juanes, Cafe Tacuba, Julieta Venegas, Calle 13, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Daddy Yankee, Chef Spike from TV's Top Chef, actor/musician Terrence Howard and director Darren Aronofsky, comedians Jim Gaffigan, Carlos Mencia and George Lopez, plays at DC's Gala Theater, sports athletes Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals and tennis star Anna Kournikova, and local DC artists like Nayas, Thievery Corporation and See-I. Current clients include Washington City Paper, On Tap magazine, Washington Post Express, Brightest Young Things, and Washington Times, and takes photos for NBC 4 Washington's NiteSide, CBS WUSA 9's D.C. Metromix, Washington Life magazine, DC Modern Luxury Magazine and CW 50's TrenDC. Graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Bachelor of Journalism Magna Cum Laude 2001.