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PJ Morton works it out at Howard Theatre featuring Black Alley

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Those who attended PJ Morton's concert this past weekend are probably at work right now recovering from a harmonic hangover. Once again the prince of production graced the stage of the historic Howard Theatre and gave another memorable performance. Despite slight vocal issues from getting over a cold, PJ was still able to push through a deliver that quality sound that he is branding amongst generics.

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Before PJ hit the stage though, the audience was very much entertained by the vocal stylings and musical instrumentation of the genre bending band Black Alley. The thrilling band accompanied with lead vocalist Kacey "Montana" Williams offers the perfect balance of covers and original compositions. Reminiscent of a young Bettye LaVette with a pinch of Stephanie Mills, the petite powerhouse moved and grooved all over the stage. No stranger to crowd participation members of the band leapt the stage into the audience to interact with crowd. Another memorable moment was when Kacey leaned over during the band's Drunk In Love cover and let season 2 top 20 contestant of BET's Sunday Best, Clifton Ross III get a piece of the mic. It won't be long before this band attains the national exposure and acclaim that they are so deserving of.

From the moment the curtains rose to welcome PJ and his trademark glasses and Akoo Clothing Brand jean jacket, he was geared and ready to go! PJ and his band are great at bringing that back in the day basement party feel to life on stage. As usual there was never a dull moment, jam on top of jam was performed from his latest album The New Orleans Project including "Heavy" which PJ performed with vocal phenom in his own right, Josiah "JoJo" Martin. There were even throwbacks from the Emotions project. Music is an art form and PJ is definitely a Picasso in the making. Also no stranger of soliciting crowd participation, PJ called upon one of his biggest fans Khallilah R. Beecham to duet "Love You More". Before you knew it night was coming to an end and everyone sang along to traditional Cheers finale song. Now PJ might not have known everyone's name at that concert but surely his music will make you feel like he does.