Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop, World, Latin, & Reggae


When: Sun., Aug. 17, 9 p.m. 2008

Though he's not as sumptuous a balladeer as, say, D'Angelo, UK singer Omar exhibits a lot of the qualities that R&B fans often search for: songs that are all rimshot, snare, and ride; extensive vamping; a voice that modulates easily; electronic studio effects that give his grooves a bit of an '80s feel. Omar's pitching his 2007 rerelease, Best by Far, as a return to the garage soul sounds he probably grew up with. The beats are funkier, the kicks kickier, the conga and cowbell definitely get their shine. His songs incorporate hip-hop influences into a retro template, which seems like the thing to do, these days. Thing is, Omar does it really well. He performs at the DNA Lounge on Sunday, August 17, with Kim Hill, Tabi, and a special acoustic set by the Bay Area's favorite piano-playing emcee, Kev Choice. Plus a fashion show by Soul on the Runway. 8 p.m., $15-$20.

Rachel Swan

Price: $15-$20

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