Texas’ very own Solange Knowles made a one-off appearance last night at SXSW’s YouTube at Coppertank.
Fans of the “Cranes In The Sky” songstress started lining up hours prior to the show for the chance to see their idol. The line snaked all the way around the location, a clear sign that this was not a show anyone could afford missing. As they walked into the private showcase, they were greeted with an atmospheric, avant-garde percussion performance curated by Saint Heron while they waited for Knowles’ much anticipated arrival on stage.
At 11:30, Knowles’ backing band took the stage all suited up in perfectly coordinated baby blue outfits to A Seat at the Table‘s opening track “Rise”.
Mixing sophisticated modern sounds with classic, retro stylings, Knowles performed the first 30 minutes without taking a single break. There is something about the 30-year-old musician that makes her seem like one of us. Putting aside her impressive and ever-so-sharp synchronized choreography and her clear, pure vocals, Knowles possesses qualities and a stage presence that makes her seem like the total opposite of unattainable. Knowles’ performance is more like an experience. She moves with grace and fluidity, and intertwines all the best elements of poetry into a set that is a loud representation of her solid artistic vision.
Halfway through her set, Knowles acknowledged the crowd and expressed her gratitude towards them for attending and supporting her throughout the years. “I am grateful and humbled that you saw a light in me that no one saw before” said Knowles to roaring cheers. Knowles closed her set wth fan favorite “Don’t Touch My Hair”, dedicating it to all the black girls in the crowd.
This was Solange’s only show at SXSW this year. Check out our photo recap below.