Editors' pick

Raheem DeVaughn and N'Dambi

Rhythm and Blues

Editorial Review

Every time N’Dambi returns to Washington, her sweet, Southern molasses soul reminds us that we live below the Mason-Dixon line as she transports her audience to the Texas roots that gave birth to her sound. Always at home here, N’Dambi will be paired with Raheem DeVaughn, a Washington hometown idol who matches her balance between classic and contemporary R&B. Seen as an heir to Marvin Gaye and a peer of Anthony Hamilton’s, DeVaughn also delights those whose tastes veer little from the current hot charts as he has always able to fit his sound to popular trends without coming off as contrived.

--Rhome Anderson, June 3, 2011