MeShelle Ndegeocello warms the crowd during her recent Steel City Show


Photo By Alexander Johnson

By Alexander Johnson

Chilly-cold blustery, icy winds failed to deter an enthusiastic crowd of Meshelle Ndegeocello fans from filling the comfy seats inside the August Wilson African American Cultural Center Friday night, March 10. 2023 in downtown Pittsburgh.

Dressed in what appeared to be a loose-fitting comfortable male-styled suit, the self-admitted bisexual musical talent proceeded to display her God-given gifts as a bass guitarist and vocalist.

The German-born, Washington, DC-reared woman offered several selections, mostly unfamiliar to this reviewer. Her five-piece band offered a neat, cool but powerful soulful sound reminiscent of the backing band that supports Sade during her live sets.

Booking management and curators at the Wilson Center should be commended for thought processes in showcasing a plethora of uniquely soulful and jazzy artists – many of whom have ever made such prime-time performances at Steel City venues.

Namely, Janis Burley Wilson and her able assistant – Orlando Watson, should both be commended for doing their due-diligence in booking such rare talent to our Pittsburgh stages.

In April, be prepared for Stokely Williams – the former drummer and lead vocalist of the 1990s, ground-breaking RnB band, Mint Condition. I predict a sellout for this upcoming stellar gig, ‘cause Stokely can flat-out ‘git wit it.’ And, (drumroll) he’s from Minneapolis! The birth home of Prince Rogers Nelson.