After several weeks of the sweltering heat that bore down on Philly this month, the cool, near humid-less winds that blew through The Skyline Stage at The Mann for the Leon Bridges show were, like his music, a welcome hug of delight.
Bridges was in town to support the his latest album, Gold-Diggers Sound, released just over a year ago; he delivered a cool, vibey show that matched the summer breeze that swept through the Mann Center. Playing songs from all three of his albums, including his 2015 debut, Coming Home and 2018’s Good Thing, Bridges led the eight-piece band with smooth, silky soulful confidence. Some of the stand out performances including a rearranged “Brown Skin Girl,” “Smooth Sailin,” “Steam,” and two songs from the EPs he recorded with the Texas band Khruangbin, “C-Side,” and “Texas Sun.” Overall, Bridges’ set presented an evening of mellow, stylish soul.
Openers Little Dragon, a Swedish four piece fronted by Yukimi Nagano, complimented the evening’s soul and R&B offerings with an effusive and energetic performance which very likely won the band new fans with their engaging performance.