On Tuesday, December 19th, the incomparable Violinist, Damien Escobar performed at the Lisner Auditorium (George Washington University) on the last leg of his Heart and Soul Tour. It was completely my honor to be in his presence. I felt like I had just hit the Musical Prodigy slash Musical Genius Lottery.
Right out the gate Damien Escobar played with Passion, Purpose and Soul; his presence was beautifully and spiritually contagious. Of course he started with one of my favorite songs “Am I wrong” by Nico & Vinz. He naturally progressed to two of my favorite artists of all time – Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross.
Hold on wait a Minute….no he didn’t pay homage to the Great and Beautiful Chaka Khan….Chaka Khan…..Chaka Khan (ok, I got carried away…moving on). Yes he did and the crowd loved every minute of it. If this wasn’t enough to witness his musical genius, he also played homage to the late Michael Jackson and Prince. This really got the crowd on their feet especially the ladies. It would have probably been me as well, losing my my mind, because not only is he a musical genius he is also extremely attractive…..OK, let me just say it….HE IS FINE! I kept my composure, after all I was working!
I was totally excited that he “Rocked the Boat” with Aaliyah (in musical spirit that is). Hold the Phone….what did he just do….yes he did…..he brought a 10 year old Violinist to the stage: her name was Kennedi Carter. He had her play and then taught her how to play to music. The crowd gave her a standing ovation when she was done.
The Auditorium went dark and he asked everyone to light up their cell phones while he played to his favorite song “Purple Rain” and he ended the show by playing and walking to every part of the Auditorium. Of course the ladies followed him and a few young men who apparently thought he was super awesome. Don’t worry young men….I think he is super awesome as well. I have never seen an artist make sure almost everyone in the audience felt love and peace of his music but Mr. Escobar said that he wanted to make sure no one was able to say that they had bad seats. I love this man!
I wanted to give a very Special Shout out to Ms. Amelia Thompson, Media Relations Specialist at George Washington University, thank you, this experience was life changing and your hospitality was A+.
Article by Millie Holmes (Millie in the City) and Photography by JV Jones