Sy Smith may call Los Angeles home, but Washington, D.C. is her hometown and she is a proud native. This past weekend, the world-traveling songstress returned to where it all started for a concert at City Winery Washington DC and it was a family reunion, grade school/high school/college reunion and DMV music lovers' reunion all in one after over two years of enduring the "pantyliner" as she referred to the pandemic.
As one of the stops on her Feeling Good Tour, Sy headlined an exciting night of music where she was joined by BeMyFiasco. Together, these brilliant artists wowed the packed venue with their vocals, stage presence and energy.
As the five-piece band played her on, BeMyFiasco was greeted with applause as she appeared on stage at City Winery DC for the first time. She warmed the audience up early with a personality as vibrant as the stylish jumpsuit she was wearing and vocals to match. She began her set with Where I Left You track "Love Feels" and had everyone grooving to the catchy jam.
BeMyFiasco kept the crowd bopping with her next song "Bad Dream" as she made this ill-fated love affair sound downright amazing and even spit a smooth hot 16. It was on her final song "U And I" where she really flexed on the intoxicating slow jam. Although her three-song set was woefully short and she didn't sing our jam "Caramel," BeMyFiasco made quite an impression on those in attendance and left City Winery Washington DC with more fans than she came with.
After a short break between artists, the band returned to the stage and it was time for the main attraction. Sy Smith soon emerged from backstage to the tune of "Fa Sho" looking like a whole superstar. All eyes were on her as she worked the stage in a geographic catsuit and animal print jacket that matched her strappy heels. Sy immediately got the audience pumped up with this sing-along favorite from her catalog.
Sy jumped from The Syberspace Social to her most recent album Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete with live renditions of "Perspective" and "Camelot." Once she ran through some of her classics, she took on classics by Deniece Williams, Michael Jackson and Al Green with aplomb and showcased her ridiculous range.
In between songs, Sy engaged attendees – a number of whom were her family, friends or musical colleagues – with her charm and wit. One of those aforementioned colleagues in the house was her frequent collaborator Zo! who she invited up to accompany her on keys at one point. Zo! took his place on the stage for a surprise performance of "Greatest Weapon Of All Time" that simply felt good.
Sy Smith's Feeling Good Tour truly lived up to its name. When she ended her show with her Syberized version of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good," it was the equivalent of a chef's kiss. Sy Smith delighted City Winery Washington DC from the first note she sang until the last during this dynamic, soulful homecoming.- Advertisement -