Lenny Kravitz cannot get enough of the French Riviera – after highlighting the jazz festival in Juans-les-pins this summer, he plays the Nikaia in Nice next May, for what is sure to be one of the musical events of 2019 in the region.
This concert is part of the Raise Vibration Tour, a worldwide series of gigs in support of the multitalented artist’s 11th studio album. Released in September, this effort has already produced two hits “It’s Enough”, described in a press release as a “tense, decisive rumination on the global state of affairs today”, (think corporate greed, political corruption, racism), and the introspective “Low”, which deals with the issue of preconceptions at the beginning of a relationship and is layered with horns, strings and multilayered vocals with the help from the late great Michael Jackson.
With the help of long-time guitarist and collaborator Craig Ross, Kravitz has personally produced and played all the instruments on Raise Vibrations, whether it’s guitar, bass, piano, bongos or even the sitar, to offer once again an unique blend of rock, soul, funk, and psych.
Considered by many as one of the great rock musicians of our time, he has achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success during his nearly thirty year career, having sold over 40 millions albums worldwide and set a record for most wins in the ‘Best Male Rock Vocal Performance’ at the Grammies. As renowned for his frenetic guitars and hip-shaking grooves as for his seductive lyrics and soulful voice, Kravitz has managed to transcend all styles of music to offer his own unique blend of psychedelic rock, grooves, funk and R&B. For someone who was told at the beginning of his career that his music wasn’t either black enough or white enough, this has been an amazing ride!
Lenny Kravitz plays the Palais Nikaïa in Nice on Friday, 17th of May at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.
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