After interviewing K’Valentine in January to discuss her performance on the Seven tour with Talib Kweli and Styles P, I was able to see her vision come to life at her show in Philly. After two high energy performances by local hip-hop group Hardwork Movement and Reef the Lost Cauze, K’Valentine walked onto the stage at Theatre of Living Arts in over-the-knee suede boots confidently and radiantly.
In my interview with her, K’Valentine specifically highlighted crowd interaction as a crucial aspect of her performance. Though much of the crowd was not familiar with her music, they participated in a number of her songs, including “Family” which she played last on her set, as mentioned in the interview. The crowd enjoyed K’Valentine’s performance because she enjoyed performing, smiling onstage the entire time to match her upbeat music.
K’Valentine’s feel-good set was refreshing in contrast to Styles P and Talib Kweli, as well as the two acts who came before her. Like she mentioned in my interview with her, having a solo female artist in the middle of a male-dominated show is like a treat. Based on audience reactions, her show was definitely received as such, not only because of its contrast with the other artists, but also purely because of K’Valentine’s engaging performance.
Check out more photos from the show below.