Music fans need no introduction to genre-defying band Hiatus Kaiyote. The group—whose talent has been praised by the likes of Erykah Badu, Questlove and Prince and sampled by Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Anderson .Paak—will soon be leaving the country on another USA/European tour. Before that happens, though, Melburnians can see the frontwoman of HK and inimitable vocalist Nai Palm perform live at a special solo Candlelight concert.
Surrounded by thousands of flickering candles and armed with her guitar and her singular voice, Nai Palm will delve into an extensive repertoire to deliver a performance that is personal, intimate and every bit sensational. You’ll be entranced by it and the soft glow of candles lighting up the Beaux-Art architectural interior of the exquisite National Theatre Melbourne—an exceptional opportunity to see the once-in-a-generation artist perform in such a setting.
Nai Palm’s Candlelight concert comes on the back of a third Grammy nomination, this time for Mood Valiant in the Best Progressive R&B Album category. Even so, the concert drops the driving and ingenious rhythms the band is known for and places focus on Nai Palm’s infectious grace and extraordinary voice, which across three HK albums and one solo album has drawn listeners in to experience highs and lows as well as gasps, exhales and howls.
You should expect nothing less at the National Theatre when Nai Palm takes to the brilliantly-lit stage. Although the setlist for each candlelit performance is not set in stone and will be decided by Nai closer to that date, audiences can look forward to a selection of songs that are her own, raw versions of the Hiatus Kaiyote songs and covers of original songs that carry with them an enduring element.
A string quartet will join Nai Palm for the final song of the night—a moment that is bound to be cherished by all those in attendance and further highlight her incredible talent not just as a singer-songwriter but also as an arranger and musical director.
Nai Palm’s solo Candlelight concert gives fans the opportunity to see her perform one more time in Melbourne before the band jets off overseas. It will be a stripped-back and genial affair where even silence between notes and words will rock your soul.
Nai Palm’s sensational solo Candlelight concert takes place Saturday 2 July at the National Theatre Melbourne. There will be two concerts on the night, one at 6:30pm followed by another at 8:30pm. Doors will open at least 30 minutes prior to the performance so that the audience can find their seats and be enveloped by thousands of flickering candles.