Jacob Banks Kicks Off US Tour With Stunning Show at the Roxy in Los Angeles
publish date: 2017-11-03
On Thursday, British-Nigerian soul singer Jacob Banks kicked off the first leg of a lengthy U.S. tour that sees the singer stopping in over 20 cities before the end of December.
Banks’ thundering vocals have accrued him a dedicated following dating back to the release of his first project, The Monologue, in 2013. And those very same fans turned out to the Roxy in numbers, packing out the house’s main floor and VIP section. The singer, dressed in a bright orange shirt, tailored pants and his signature black beanie, took the stage a few minutes after 9:30. “Good evening my Gs,” he greeted before launching straight into a booming rendition of “Worthy,” which appeared on his breakout EP.
As the last chords faded, Banks launched straight into “Sink or Swim,” a standout single from his 2015 EP The Paradox. Next up was “Monster,” the Avelino-featured fire and brimstone-themed sleeper hit that also appeared on The Paradox. Gliding along on the guitar riff of his bandmate, Banks started to make himself truly comfortable. “They made a demon out of me/ They put a cross through my flesh/ They put a search out for me/ ’Cause I got blood on my hands,” Banks belted, flowing across the small stage with the same sure-footedness he uses to vocally manifest the range of emotion present in his music.