Best Show That Left Us Speechless

Contour Softer Release

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Khari Lucas is Contour, and this gentleman is a rare, inventive, multitalented local gem, my friends. Whether he’s playing a chill, vibed-out show at the Purple Buffalo, adding stunning vocals to Matt Monday’s “For Amanda Parker,” flexing his hip-hop muscles on the Pour House stage, or creating stunning Lab Sessions at Hed Hi Media, the man’s genius knows no limits. And the culmination of what Contour is capable of came together one magical night recently at Redux with the release of Softer, his new album and accompanying debut film. The beautiful, wordless short played to a packed and silently stunned room before Contour went live, backed for the first time by a jazz trio — an addition that somehow both dramatically and subtly changed his sound, making us all a little more amazed by his work and eager to see what Contour will do next. —Kelly Rae Smith

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