Barry Black & the Senzuals

Ovation Room at Green Valley Ranch, May 18

This local R&B group completed its four-month run at Green Valley Ranch for a crowd filled with family, friends and regulars. They began their set with a series of covers, delicately coasting through classic R&B and pop hits before sprinkling in some originals. Maxwell’s “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” showcased Black’s smooth, rich falsetto while also highlighting the band’s signature acoustic stylings.

Original pieces, such as “Fever” and “We Got Love,” gave fans a taste of Black’s soulful style and Samoan roots. Mid-tempo guitars, percussions and bongo drums accompanied the passionate lyricism of each song. But the show’s highlight was Black’s rendition of Prince’s “Purple Rain,” which had sections of the crowd swaying from side to side, mirroring the legendary scene from the 1984 film of the same name.

He and his band will now be performing every Friday beginning May 25 in the M Resort’s Ravello Lounge. ★★☆☆☆



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