LA R&B trio KING prepping debut album, touring, playing two NYC shows, including Winter Jazzfest (whose schedule is up)
by Andrew Sacher
LA trio KING are releasing their debut album We Are KING on February 5 via their own KING Creative label (pre-order), and so far they’ve released two songs from it, “Hey” (Extended Mix) and “The Greatest.” They’ve got a sound that simultaneously recalls classic soul and fits right in with the kind of psychedelic R&B that’s been a dominating force these past few years. If you dig Jazmine Sullivan, Frank Ocean, or the self-titled Beyonce album, you’re probably gonna like these KING songs too. Listen below.
KING are touring this winter, including two NYC shows. One is a Winter Jazzfest show happening January 15 at The Bitter End with a hip hop-oriented bill of Kendrick Lamar collaborator Terrace Martin, drummer Makaya McCraven, composer Slingbaum re-imagining Ravel, a re-imagining of 1954’s Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (which was previously done in DC by The Roots pianist Ray Angry), and trumpeter Theo Crocker.
KING’s other NYC show is a record release show at Le Poisson Rouge (2/5) the day the album comes out. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
KING — 2016 Tour Dates
Jan 15 Winter Jazz Festival, NYC New York, NY
Jan 28 Amoeba Records Los Angeles, CA
Feb 02 Berklee College of Music Boston, MA
Feb 05 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
Feb 06 U Street Music Hall Washington, DC
Feb 07 Ortlieb’s Lounge Philadelphia, PA
Feb 09 Pike Room Pontiac, MI
Feb 11 SPACE Evanston, IL
Feb 12 ICEHOUSE Minneapolis, MN
Feb 13 Barboza Seattle, WA
Feb 14 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
Feb 16 The New Parish Oakland, CA
Feb 19 The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Los Angeles, CA
Feb 27 The Pour House Music Hall Raleigh, NC
Feb 28 The Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
Feb 29 Vinyl Atlanta, GA
Mar 3 San Jose Jazz Winterfest San Jose, CA