by Matt Bauer
image above of recording artist Anthony David
The WUFO Health and Wealth Expo in The Lexus Club at the Key Bank Center capped with a more than satisfying line-up of stellar musical talent this past Friday night. While the crowd had already enjoyed informative presentations, and of course, Michael Baisden, Buffalo’s own E-Life 7 kicked off the musical segment of the evening with some soulful grooves and seamless musicianship. Terrance “Tee Nice” Warren followed with his empowering message of hope.
The Willert Park born actor and musician ignited his set with a potent spoken word piece before rocking his song “I Love Myself” and had the crowd singing along to the chorus. Inspiring gospel harmonies were present thanks to Akron’s Half Mile Home while Marsha McWilson paid tribute to the late Etta James with “I’d Rather Go Blind” serenading WUFO’s own Ray Daniels on stage mixing the song’s heartbreak with some sassy humor.
The Expo marked Anthony David’s Buffalo debut and the genre-bending soul man didn’t disappoint. With only an acoustic guitar, he played “Grandma’s Hands” and the deep gem “Hello Like Before” from his acclaimed new Bill Withers tribute CD of the same name with earnestness that was riveting. David’s buttery smooth baritone on favorites like “Forevermore” and “Booed Up” seemed especially glowing given the intimacy of the Lexus club. “R&B is a dying breed and I’m R&B for life” said the “quiet assassin” Glenn Jones midway through his headline set.
A criminally underrated artist, Jones continues to deliver impressive work forty years into his career, as his new single “Love By Design” attests. With his soulful swagger “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Show Me,” Jones had the crowd on its feet, demonstrating that he’s one of the finest soul vocalists of any generation.