Dave Chappelle continued his 16-show Radio City residency over the weekend, having played shows with Trevor Noah on Friday (8/18), Childish Gambino on Saturday (8/19), and Lauryn Hill on Sunday (8/20). Like at the show with Chance the Rapper on Thursday (which had a surprise Jon Stewart appearance), Hannibal Buress and Mo Amer appeared at the Trevor Noah and Childish Gambino shows. Mo Amer also appeared at the Lauryn Hill show, which also included Pete Holmes and Wil Sylvince. Here's an excerpt of Umma Wide's review of the Childish Gambino show:
After Dave introduced him, the curtain raised to reveal his band featuring 3 background vocalists on either side of the stage (who sounded even better live than the background vocals on his album), an array of musicians, and beautiful artistic images projected on a massive screen behind the band with a full set of lighting effects and smoke. It was elaborate, tasteful and gorgeous staging with effects that perfectly complimented everything that happened on stage and easily could be used to conduct an amazing arena or stadium concert tour someday. Childish Gambino mystically emerged calm and peaceful yet seemingly centered and focused on what he was about to bless us with. They immediately opened into “Me and your Mama”, the opening song of his newest album. I assumed that he would play all of the songs from the newest “Awaken My Love” album, which he did over the course of the night in addition to key popular songs from his previous two albums including “3005,” “Flight of the Navigator,” “Firefly,” and others.
You can read more of the lengthy review here. A few more pictures from this past weekend's shows are below.
The run continues with Solange (8/22), Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) & Talib Kweli (8/23), and Ali Wong with John Mayer and Lil Jon (8/24).