John Newman’s gospel essence impresses at Rickshaw Stop

John-Newman1Photos by Marc Fong // Written by Nikki de Martini

John Newman
Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco
January 16, 2014

A mature crowd got to the 18 and up weekly club event Popscene early to secure their spot to see 23 year old, multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer John Newman January 16th.

And with good reason.

Every stop of the US tour in support of his debut album Tribute sold-out, including San Francisco. So, needless to say, after waiting over an hour, SF fans were ready for the show to begin.


Focus swiftly shifted to John Newman as he appeared on stage moments after the band and two back up singers preluded the gracious title track, “Tribute”.

A powerful, gospel like essence swelled prominently as respectful cheers from the crowd gave way to an admirable vibe throughout the venue.

Belting out each soulful ballad track with an effervescent, angelic swagger, John Newman undeniably dominated throughout the performance while simultaneously letting his well-orchestrated band shine.
While the set did include the smash single “Love Me Again”, which was introduced on an earlier EP, Newman noted himself it was all about Tribute. The young, talented artist thanked fans for making it happen.

As this leg of the Tribute tour continues on with sold-out shows across the States, John Newman’s popularity rightfully, continuously grows.

Another 13 shows were announced last week: starting March 27th at the 9:30 Club in DC all the way to The Doug Fur Lounge in Portland Oregon on April 18th!

Sound good? Get your tickets for John Newman at the Independent April 14 before they sell out, too.

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