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9085 Star Starred
B.B. King Blues Club
Between 7th and 8th Avenues 237 West 42nd Street New York City, NY 10036
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R&B Singer Avant
48 ratings
4.6 average rating
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23 events
7 reviews
13 stars
attended May 14 2009

Nice crowd, band was nice, backup singer excellent. And suprisingly he was excellent. He can actually sing and "Live" and with band. Don't see that too often. Good for him.

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9 events
7 reviews
2 stars
attended May 14 2009

I've never seen Avant perform so I was pleasantly surprised. His band and background singer were great. I would have liked to hear more of his old songs but must admit I liked most of his new ones. I would definitely recommend to see him live to...continued

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92 events
47 reviews
6 stars
attended May 14 2009

Sounds great live, wish it was longer!

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He was once hailed as the new voice of ghetto soul. No more – Avant can now be hailed as the new voice of modern soul. Born and raised in Cleveland, this church-honed singer attended Cleveland School of the Arts and later became the first act signed to Magic Johnson’s MCA-distributed label, Magic Johnson Music (MJM). My Thoughts, Avant’s debut on the label, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart and spawned numerous hit singles, including “Separated” and “My First Love,” a cover of the 1983 R&B classic featuring KeKe Wyatt.

After scoring platinum with My Thoughts, Avant released two more platinum-certified albums – Ecstasy (2002) and_ Private Room_ (2003) – and notched several more top-10 singles, including “Makin’ Good Love” and “Read Your Mind.” His fourth and final album for MJM, entitled Director, was released in 2006 and featured the hit “4 Minutes.” Two years later, he segued to Capitol for a fifth, self-titled album that yielded the top-20 single “Break Ya Back.”

Having recorded with such diverse acts as Nicole Sherzinger and Lil Wayne, Avant isn’t afraid to stretch his vocal wings. He most recently partnered with contemporary jazz artist Brian Culbertson on the single “Skies Wide Open” from Culbertson’s new _XII _album. He was also among the select group of singers chosen to pay homage to R&B legend Frankie Beverly on _Silky Soul Music … An All-Star Tribute to Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. _

Now, the singer/songwriter part of Avant takes center stage as the Verve Forecast label prepares to release The Letter, Avant’s sixth album and the next step in his ongoing evolution. “I have to say, I’m not where I want to be yet, and I won’t be complacent,” declares Avant. “I’m always fighting to go further. Once you hit a plateau, it’s time to create another. I’m just getting started.” Simmering with radio-friendly yet relatable introspections about romance, love, commitment, and other realities of life, the album is poised to make major waves in music’s mainstream ranks.