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KEITE YOUNG
6 p.m., Juanita's. $20 adv./$30 d.o.s.

Throw your hands in the air if you think melisma is ruining contemporary soul and R&B. Once upon a time, the genre was rooted in music of substance β€” gospel, blues, jazz β€” not Celine-Dion-style vocal acrobatics. Upscale Underground, the fledging local promotional company, seems to be fighting the good fight. In October, they brought rising Nu-soul sensation Dwele to town. On Sunday, they present Fort Worth throwback Keite Young, a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist who seems to be doing his best to channel D'Angelo. Which ain't a bad thing. Over sultry guitar plinks, Young's effortless groove flirts and flits between the urbane and the just plain down and dirty. Don't be surprised if you start seeing national press on Young and his new album, β€œThe Rise and Fall of Keite Young,” six months from now. Upscale Underground seems committed to being ahead of the curve.

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