Pink Sweat$ made pink gang members of us all with his soulful ACL Fest set
Vibes were good in the Tito’s Vodka tent on Saturday of ACL, as R&B artist Pink Sweat$ and his talented band delivered a performance that was at turns sultry, groovy and explosive.
Pink Sweat$ (aka David Bowden) has an immensely warm and likeable presence, which, combined with his big belting voice, won over anyone in the crowd who wasn’t already a fan (and there were a *lot* of fans -- many very young and cool and covered in sparkles or in basketball jerseys) singing every word of his smooth laments.)
The energetic “Coke & Henny Pt. 2” was a major highlight, as was the more solemn and slinky “Cocaine,” which mused on someone who regretfully traded emotions in favor of the drug. In every moment, Bowden’s huge heart and gentle pervasive cool dominated the tent.
Many of Pink Sweat$ songs are made for swaying or clapping, and Bowden enjoyed talking to the crowd and encouraging clap-alongs, singalongs, chants (“when I say ‘pink,’ you say ‘gang!’”) and even a soul train, which he took the inaugural dance through. “I’m a church boy!” he exclaimed at one point, encouraging everyone to get their hands clapping during one of his more bluesy tracks.
Pink Sweat$ closed out the set with the hit “Honesty,” which the band delivered as a deeply soulful jam session that built to a grand crescendo during which Bowden and his drummer swapped spots and Bowden bashed out some vibrant rhythms at the drum kit. It was celebratory and fun and sexy -- a perfect example of why Pink Sweat$ has developed such critical and fan acclaim.