Summer Walker's Detroit date might be one of the last chances to see the R&B it girl perform

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click to enlarge Summer Walker. - Courtesy of Royal Oak Music Theatre
Courtesy of Royal Oak Music Theatre
Summer Walker.

R&B singer Summer Walker only dropped her acclaimed debut, Over It, last month, but she might already be over it. The 23-year-old Atlanta singer was named R&B’s next big thing, then canceled 20 dates on her perhaps prophetically named The First and Last Tour, citing social anxiety. “Y’all can have the music & ima just head out,” she wrote on Instagram. “Fuck the interviews, photo shoots, videos, & really the shows too.”

Lucky for Detroit, the Royal Oak date survived the cut — at least for now. Even if Walker ends her brief career in the biz, the good thing is the music really is that good. Walker performs a hip-hop-inflected brand of R&B, drawing praise for her throwback mashups (“Playing Games” is a guitar-driven track that interpolates Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name”) as well as her unabashed sex positivity (on “Girls Need Love,” she declares: “I just need some dick/ I just need some love”).

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27; Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980; $29.50.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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