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Critics' Picks: Bilal at August Wilson Center

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[NEO SOUL] + FRI., AUG 4

Do yourself a giant favor and catch Philadelphian Bilal at the August Wilson Center tonight. He has a dynamic sound, incorporating soul and funk influences but innovating with modern beats. His 2015 album In Another Life is dynamic and unpredictable, featuring guest vocals from Kendrick Lamar and Kimbra. Bilal’s voice can fall low, but more often than not, he stays in a Prince-like falsetto, which is maybe best demonstrated on album standouts like “Pleasure Toy” or in his astounding tribute to The Purple One at the 2016 BET awards. (Do yourself a favor and watch that too.)

8 p.m. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $25. 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org




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