Darrius Willrich

Wednesday, April 29

Keys-and-voice guy Darrius Willrich does “grown and sexy” R&B with semi-hard beats, kind of like Quiet Storm hip hop. It’s a mature style, churched-up and with a jazzy edge, and takes urban sounds to warm, elegant heights. Not elegant NEW heights, mind you—female Seattle sensation Choklate delivers similar music to audiences all across town, sometimes with Willrich on stage—but it’s still top-shelf soul. It’s also all-local, from schooling (Willrich went to Cornish) to producing (backdrops are courtesy local guy Vitamin D, an erstwhile hip hop star) to recording (across the street from The Seattle Times, at the Woodshed on Fairview).

Wed., April 29, 7:30 p.m., 2009