Summer musical performances in West Fairmount Park is always a holistic experience – the skyline, landscape, stars, and grooves. That rang true Wednesday as the Skyline Stage at the Mann kicked off their summer season. Introduced in the summer of 2012, the Skyline Stage gives the Mann an opportunity to expand its concert offerings with a more intimate experience. An experience necessary for the stellar bill of Sampha and The xx.
Sampha opened the show just as the sun started to sink in the sky behind backlit trees. Leading with “Timmy’s Prayer,” a ballad co-written by Kanye West which fully displays how Sampha’s voice hits you on a more spiritual level. His vocal delivery from start to finish was strong and emotive. His falsetto, seemingly more delicate than most, rarely came close to its breaking point no matter how high he pushed it. Continue reading →