LIVE: John Legend @ Proctors, 5/16/14

May 22nd, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
John Legend

John Legend

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

John Legend was riding high with “All of Me,” the No. 1 song in the country, when he stepped into the spotlight and slipped behind the piano for “Made to Love” at Proctors in Schenectady last week. The romantic crooner had plenty to celebrate, and he treated the sold-out crowd to an evening of satin smooth soul.

But rather than throwing together an over-the-top extravagant performance, Legend went the other way, stripping down his performance to the acoustic essentials – Legend on piano accompanied by guitarist Ryan Lerman, and, on many of his 20 selections, a string quartet. Simple, heart-felt and true…

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