SXSW 2017: 11 soul and blues acts to catch


Goldlink. The 23-year-old singer/rapper might be this year’s Anderson.Paak riding funky, city slicker grooves with his rhythmic flow. (TBA)

Bilal. The singer whose silky vocal innovations made him a standard bearer for neo-soul in the early aughts continues to experiment with complex musical ideas. (11:20 p.m. March 14, Buffalo Billiards)

Stella. Carlos Santana’s daughter makes sultry R&B surrounded by a smoky haze. (8:50 p.m. March 17, Malverde; noon March 18, Radio Day Stage; 8 p.m. March 18 Half Step)

Jamila Woods. The “Black Girl Soldier” is an acclaimed Chicago artist whose soulful tunes soundtrack the new web series “Brown Girls. (1:05 a.m. March 16, Barracuda Backyard)

Turquoise Jeep. Flynt Flossy and Whachyamacallit’s Atlanta-based label churns out booty rocking electro funk and smooth soul riffs. (12:50 a.m. March 13, Sidewinder Patio)

Tinashe. The 24-year-old singer’s airy voice floats through swirling soundscapes on her dreamy 2016 release “Nightride.” (midnight March 15, 800 Congress Ave.)

Durand Jones & the Indications. A young singer with a classic sound, Louisiana native Durand Jones aims to fill the Charles Bradley-shaped hole in your heart. (11:05 p.m. March 16, Barracuda Backyard)

Nick Hakim. A wistful crooner who releases his heart-on-sleeve melodies over sparse, reverb-laced grooves. (9:30 p.m. March 16, Cedar St. Courtyard)

Benjamin Booker. Gritty, gutbucket blues delivered with anarchic punk energy. (12:50 a.m. March 16, Cedar St. Courtyard; 10 p.m. March 17, Banger’s)

Gabriel Royal. A cellist who refined his sound playing in NYC, he weaves his soulful vocals with gorgeous melodies from the low strings. (midnight March 18, Stephen F Austin Bar)

Ravyn Lenae The high school senior from Chicago just released the “Midnight Moonlight EP,” a watercolor R&B platter with startling depth. (10:55 p.m. March 15, Ibiza)



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