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SiR Celebrates End of 'Summer Forever' Tour With SZA, Smino, Sabrina Claudio & More

SiR
Christian San Jose

SiR

Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA artist and Inglewood native SiR made a triumphant return home -- by way of The Novo at L.A. Live -- on Tuesday night. The concert was the singer/songwriter/producer’s final stop on his Summer Forever trek, which kicked off Dec. 2 in Boston. The stop also marked a career milestone for SiR: his first sold-out gig in Los Angeles as a headliner.

“This is the best Christmas gift I could ever get,” declared an emotional SiR at one point. “After 11 years of doing music in L.A. and opening up for other people, this is my first sold-out show here. This shit is crazy. My heart is full.”

And SiR (aka Sir Darryl Farris) gave as good as he got from the adoring Novo audience, performing tracks from a vibrant and insightful R&B/soul catalog that includes both of the artist’s TDE albums, 2019’s Chasing Summer and 2018’s November, as well as two earlier EP’s. Heightening the fun and excitement: surprise special guests who’ve been featured on his various projects such as Smino, Sabrina Claudio, Masego, Kadhja Bonet and Zacari.

Although she didn’t perform, SZA walked onstage to thunderous applause to give her TDE/RCA labelmate a congratulatory hug before he exited the stage. Here are five more memorable concert highlights:

Ready, set, go: As if on cue, the moment that SiR—wearing a yellow hoodie and jeans—walked onstage amidst clouds of smoke, the audience broke into screams and whipped out their cell phones in unison across the venue. Setting the tone with the vibey “John Redcorn” from Chasing Summer, SiR segued into two more of that album’s tracks: “You Can’t Save Me” and “LA Lisa.” The latter showcased a rambunctious turn by the evening’s first special guest, rapper/singer Smino—inspiring one of the many audience sing-alongs that framed the whole evening.

Double-duty crowd pleaser: With his trusty sax and traphousejazz chops in hand, singer/musician Masego joined SiR to perform his guest spot on the latter’s sexy love ode “Ooh Nah Nah.” Then SIR returned the favor, reprising his cameo on Masego’s tribute to older women, “Old Age.” Following the pair’s performance, SiR welcomed Sabrina Claudio to the stage for their song, “What’s Why I Love You.” Checking the audience pulse afterward, SiR asked, “How are you all feeling so far? Are we holding up our end of the bargain?”

All in the family: SiR hails from a very musical family that he proudly showed off last night. And for good reason. Mom Jackie Gouché, a former backup singer for Michael Jackson and Tina Turner, accompanied herself on keyboards and delivered a masterful cover of “Get Here” to audience shout-outs of “Yes, Queen!” and “Mama Soul.” The Brenda Russell composition was a hit for Oleta Adams in 1990. Brothers Davion Farris and Daniel “D Smoke” Farris (winner of the first season of Netflix’s Rhythm & Flow) also weighed in with strong performances: SiR’s “The Recipe” (co-written by Davion) and D Smoke’s own “On Paper,” respectively.

He loves L.A.: “Now I’m going to sing a song that I wrote for you all,” said SiR as he launched into “LA,” the last track on his current album. Accompanied only by the keyboardist, SiR’s searing vocals and authenticity  (“Learned who I can't trust / Learned that it's just us / I've learned to love mine / Even when they much / Now take me back to LA …”) engendered one of the show’s most compelling moments.

Spilling some “tea”: That’s what opening act TeaMarrr did during her no-holds-barred—and humorous—musical discourse on romance and love. The Haitian-American newcomer is signed  to the Raedio label, actress/producer Issa Raye’s joint venture with Atlantic Records. “I spell my name with three R’s,” she explained, “because I’m really raw.” Between her dynamic voice and relatable lyrics on tracks such as “One Job,” “In My Mind” and “Whorey Heart,” TeaMarr had no trouble winning over the audience.


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