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Aloe Blacc and his band, the Grand Scheme, hit Seattle in soulful style on Friday night, welcoming the sold-out crowd into his "Church of Love and Happiness"--and from the moment the band wailed into the first song, it was all grins. Aloe Blacc strutted with the ease of a true soul man, effortlessly busting out some authentic Soul Train moves on stage while belting out his best jams. In fact, at one point, he even parted the crowd to create a Soul Train style dance line--which in Seattle, can be a little like asking a pack of Goth teens to pose for a family picture--and unbelievably, people jumped right in and got funky.

By now, most people will know the Aloe Blacc name from the breakout "I Need A Dollar" single, played everywhere from NPR to the intro to HBO's "How to Make it in America". Of course, his live performance of the track was as stunning as you'd imagine. The entire set was loaded not just with cuts from his excellent "Good Things" album, but also new takes on his best material and, most memorably, a jaw-dropping cover.

Don't miss Aloe Blacc and the Grand Scheme on tour--easily one of the best live shows I've seen all year.

photo by I am Kat.

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