NAO, Kenneth Whalum

Art of Cool Fest 2017: Saturday

NAO, Kenneth Whalum

Sat Apr 29

Doors: 4:30 pm / Show: 5:00 pm

Saturday Wristband, Two Day wristband, VIP wristband

This event is all ages

Art of Cool Fest 2017: Saturday
Art of Cool Fest 2017: Saturday
Niya Wells
Incognito
Rkhty
NAO: 8:30 PM
RC & The Grits
Kenneth Whalum: 12:30 AM
NAO
NAO
2015 has been a fine year for NAO, whose brilliant "wonky funk", presented in two critically acclaimed EPs, has earned her fans on both sides of the Atlantic. But with a debut album on the horizon, 2016 looks set to be the year when her mix of r'n'b, soul and electronic textures seduces a wider audience. "I've been learning about myself quite publicly with those two EPs," says the singer-songwriter from East London. "I know what I want to say now."

That much is clear from NAO's latest song, Bad Blood, a teaser for next year's LP. Given its radio premiere on Annie Mac's influential Radio 1 show, the prowling, sensual track shows how much NAO's song writing has evolved since she first started performing solo 18 months ago. The song, inspired by an intense teenage friendship, earned much praise in the blogosphere. Admittedly, that's nothing new for NAO, whose February 15 and So Good EPs gained love from the likes of Pitchfork, The Fader and Spin. But if she's flattered by the attention, the artist has no intention of being just another tastemakers' favourite on the internet.
Kenneth Whalum
Kenneth Whalum
Kenneth Whalum is a saxophonist, vocalist, and producer. He has also branched out to record a dreamy and aching style of contemporary R&B that deviates from the sounds heard on commercial radio. The son of Kenneth T. Whalum, who is the pastor of Memphis, Tennessee's Mount Olivet Baptist Church, Whalum is part of a deeply musical family that includes KirkWhalum, Kevin Whalum, and Kyle Whalum, among other musicians. Whalum has appeared on several high-profile R&B and rap recordings, as well as live performances alongside the likes of Robert Glasper, D’Angelo, Maxwell, Jay-Z, and many others. He has also contributed to a stylistically broad range of albums by the likes of Christian Scott, John Legend, Kris Bowers, and Big K.R.I.T., the last of whom was featured on Whalum's newest single “Might Not Be Ok.”