City Paper is not for tourists
Howard University’s* jazz ensemble Afro Blue hit the bottom two last night on The Sing-Off. They sounded good, but their performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” was not up to their usual excellent standards (Soul Train line notwithstanding).
Still, over at Arts Desk, Michael J. West writes:
Low finish notwithstanding, I’m still betting on Afro-Blue to go all the way to the final. As my wife observed last night, “Afro-Blue is absolutely the most polished of these groups. It’s not even a contest.” Additionally, they’ve got the leanest vocals, avoiding the flashy around-the-note ornamentation that characterizes most reality-show singing. Anyone want to give me odds* that they and Urban Method (who also killed it last night with a razor-sharp version of Bell Biv Devoe‘s “Poison”) are the final two?
I’ll take that bet.
*Did anyone notice that the Post listed Howard University’s Homecoming Weekend as a Going Out Guide pick?