Jacob Banks Seduces Bowery Ballroom with his Brit-Soul [PHOTOS]

Posted on: November 30th, 2017 at 9:44 am by

Who is Jacob Banks, you might be asking yourself. Pay attention to this Nigerian-born-UK-raised artist because his Brit-Soul trajectory is skyward.

Banks showcased his powerhouse vocals at the Bowery Ballroom last night in the first of two area shows (plus an appearance tonight on Late Night with Seth Meyers). The four-piece band was tight, knocking out an abbreviated set that included groove starters like “Monster” and “Chainsmoking,” and introspective numbers like “Silver Lining” and “Unknown (To You).”

His songs thread through a tapestry of genres such as funk, R&B, reggae, and adult contemporary balladry.

Jacob Banks’ latest release, an EP entitled The Boy Who Cried Freedom, came out last April, yet doesn’t really do his music justice. The record label – Interscope Records – should put out a live record to capture that energy…

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