Fans of more grown-up R&B — the kind that usually hinges on actual music, as opposed to synthesized computer beats, and real soul — are in for a treat this Thursday at the American Airlines Arena's Waterfront Theatre when the Budweiser Superfest returns. In its original incarnation, Superfest was an annual urban-music staple from the late '70s until the very early '90s; its renewed form, in an applaud-worthy move, still focuses on quality R&B instead of the latest trends.
Among the lineup highlights is Raheem DeVaughn, whose buttery voice graced numerous hooks on last year's excellent but sadly somewhat slept-on Ghostface Killah solo album.
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The other performers are also young but boast timeless voices. Sharing the stage are Jaheim, Anthony Hamilton, and Kem. Jaheim has been around for more than a decade and is approaching classic status. Many know him from his appearances on Jadakiss tracks, but Jaheim shines solo too. His latest album, Another Round, already peaked in the top five of a number of charts. Kem, meanwhile, is jazzier than his tourmates. Expect a live band with serious chops backing him.