"When I come out on stage, what I try to achieve, is to take people on a musical excursion … I want to get them to a totally, totally euphoric state of mind," Lee Fields explained when I spoke to him earlier this year prior to his stop at Gasparilla Music Festival
. And his performance there proved he’s a showman indeed, his backing band, The Expressions, warming up the crowd with a funky instrumental intro before Fields made his grand entrance clad in a retro white suit. He performed cuts off his two most recent albums of warm vintage R&B, soul and funk, 2009's My World
and this year's Faithful Man
, collar loose as he crooned his tender serenades and expelled positive uplifting energy in generous bouts, voicing his feelings of love and appreciation unabashedly and making everyone who witnessed his set feel just great. I'm sure many of us can't wait to see him in action again amid the cozier Crowbar confines; Orlando's soul throwback outfit, The Sh-Booms, open.