One of the most infectious things about NYC is how it continues to be a city of reinvention. You can enter the city from any walk of life, and truly carve out a path of your own. The pacing of the city rarely allows the opportunity to relish and celebrate that reinvention, but every once in a while we're able to take stock. This was the case when Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange) played two sold-out shows at the legendary Apollo Theater.

On Saturday afternoon I joined the armada of denim wearing twenty-something's that entered the large concert hall, gobsmacked at the history that surrounded us.

 What became consistent was the swaying of bodies that began to enrapture the crowd - the need to express oneself. It was one of those shows where no-one was sat down, and Dev and company made great use of that love by playing a set full of glistening pop numbers.

The dancing intensified once Solange took to the stage, which caused Hynes' smile to broaden in a very British way - that mixture of satisfaction basked in modesty. Another grand moment was the surprise appearance of Nelly Furtado. The mere sight of Furtado caused the hip crowd to lose their collective shit, and that rampant excitement only grew as Furtado began to sing, instantly reminding everyone why she's a staple of pop music history.

What really impressed me with this show was how Hynes continued to be a facilitator of talent, rather than a glorified frontman. When you watch a Blood Orange show, you're seeing a truly tight live band showcasing their talents, with Devonté Hynes in the middle, more than the front. Yes he's singing, yes he's dancing, but what makes the show memorable (and enjoyable) is the awestruck expression on Hynes' face towards his band mates, and it was beautiful to see that admiration continue to flourish within the halls of the Apollo.

Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15
Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15
Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15
Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15
Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15
Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15
Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15
Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15
Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15
Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15
Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15
Blood Orange & Friends @ Apollo Theater 12/12/15