Guthrie Galileo plays Ursha Baby!
Some call him “Mr. Entertainment”, others call him “Big Tyme”, while others still refer to him fondly by the tagline often used to preface his chinchilla-soft vocal specklings of the R&B persuasion: “Ursha Baby!”. Whatever title you prefer, it is undeniable that Usher Raymond is among the most celebrated superstars of the contemporary pop landscape, demonstrating his prowess in the arts of song and dance with ease, and often simultaneously.
Each new addition to his discography shows us a new side of the story, a new expression of the man. He brought us to tears with “U Got It Bad”, lifted our hearts with anthems like “Love in this Club”— he made our booty go clap on dance floors around the world with “Yeah”. Each new stage of his career has added a new dimension to the smooth, caramel-coated duodecahedron that is the artist Usher. He has made us laugh, made us cry, given us the musical kerosene to ‘let it burn’. With “Confessions”, he taught us early about the virtues of fidelity, loyalty and the colossal power of decision making. Since then, we have never batted an eye nor turned our backs. Together, over the years, we have evolved side-by-side with Usher—him, as a performer, and us, as closeted though hopelessly lovestruck fanboys and girls—and watched him grow from the flirty, cute young man who started recording in 1994, at the age of fifteen, because those lyrics were getting too sexy for the church choir into a grown man. We have seen Usher become a beloved cultural symbol, a legacy within the the milennial generation—his playful falsetto soaring through the global airwaves and his recognizable face appearing as much on in our respective dreamworlds as on the billboards that look over our city skylines.
But have we ever taken the time to consider what lies below the features of this starlet? What is our experience with Usher: the sensitive, the spiritual, the sociopolitically aware, the astrologically keen? Have we truly contemplated Usher as a human being, deep down, beneath the money, all the cars, flowers, cards, candy, and all those women?
This Valentine’s Day, Guthrie Galileo, aspiring R&B performer and producer, and the self-proclaimed first “pretty serious” Usher scholar, will give us a deeper exclusive look at this multi-dimensional artist within the intimate setting of Radio Bean. This is Usher, stripped down, peeled back and fully sprung. This is Usher deconstructed, reinterpreted and reinvented. This is “Guthrie Galileo plays Ursha Baby!”
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-Performance starts at 8:30 PM, ends at 9:15 PM
-Donation-based entrance fee