On a surprise unseasonably warm evening in Brooklyn, I found myself front row center at Baby’s All Right at one of the most buzzed about talents, Adia Victoria. Victoria, hailing from South Carolina, wove her gothic blues sound into every inch of the space.
As the separation between the crowd and the stage grew smaller, the magic in the room churned harder, conjuring the images of dusky lit rooms, and hometown charm. Not one for copious amounts of banter, the interaction between the crowd was sparse, yet precise; giving us just enough context about the songs, or injecting bits of off-kilter humor that went over quite well with everyone in attendance.
Hoots, hollers and whistles sounded from various locations inside the club, signaling the crowd’s approval for Adia’s smoky vocals and hypnotizing guitar chops. Healthy rounds of applause were earned throughout her set, including “Dead Eyes,” “Mortimer’s Blues,” “Stuck in the South,” and a cover of Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil Blues.”
The hour and 15 minute set was over all too soon. Requests for an encore were sorely unobliged due to time constraints, but the feeling of being left wanting more was the perfect accompaniment to the feeling in the room. With no doubt, Adia Victoria will be playing to another packed room the next time she descends on our fair city.
Article: Lesley Keller