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…

Recent Stories

Truck Versus Tree on Clinton Street [PHOTOS]

Clinton Street just lost one of its mature trees. Last week, a truck driver (with a Bud Light trailer) collided with a tree on the east side between Rivington and Stanton, blocking the road with fallen foliage. It handily snapped the trunk.

Going Inside the Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel [PHOTOS]

As part of its area charm offensive, DLJ Real Estate Partners recently opened the doors to the Jarmulowsky Bank Building during its conversion to posh boutique hotel. The iconic Beaux Arts-style landmark has been under renovations for nigh on six years already, resulting in a new construction next door and the addition of a replica rooftop […]

Century-Old Tattoo and Flash Ephemera at the South Street Seaport Museum

Daredevil Tattoo is hosting a can’t miss event with the South Street Seaport Museum. We have been documenting the history of tattooing on the Bowery for years; this event is making history all its own. Gus Wagner flash just for you. From the sea merchant-cum-tattoo artist and most artistically marked-up man in America. Seriously. You […]

Luscious Jackson Singer has Solo Art Exhibition at 198 Allen Street

Fans of Luscious Jackson will be happy to hear that New York City’s own Jill Cuniff has an art show happening all weekend at 198 Allen Street. The Luscious Jackson singer-songwriter/bassist unveils “Lyric and Word Paintings” at the perennial pop-up tonight, showcasing a collection of abstract watercolor and mixed media paintings, some of which feature some […]

Rent Hike Forces Häagen-Dazs Out of Chinatown After 41 Years

The longstanding Häagen-Dazs ice creamery in Chinatown will soon close its doors at the corner of Bayard and Mott Streets. The store has been at 53 Mott Street since 1977. A purported rent hike is the culprit, ending the decades-long tenure. The $10,000-per-month lease is up November 30, which doubles as the final day in […]