Alicia Keys shimmered under the stage lights at Casino del Sol’s AVA Sunday night.
The butterfly imprint on her charcoal black shirt sparkled with silver sequins. So did her block heels, her drape earrings and the suspenders holding up her skin-tight pants.
The extra flash looked fetching on the 27-year-old New York native but was completely unnecessary.
Keys’ vocals are unparalleled, her songs have won multiple Grammy awards, and she looked absolutely stunning Sunday, with her hair straightened and pulled back into a ponytail. She didn’t need to wear an elaborate ensemble in order to shine.
“I’ve met a lot of really good people today already,” the young singer said with seeming sincerity to the packed venue at the beginning of her show. “I feel we are in the right spot tonight.”
Keys spent the rest of her two-hour set dividing her time between a grand piano on a rotating platform center stage and strutting back and forth, belting out hit after hit, accompanied by a 10-piece band that included sax and trumpet players, a drummer and three backup vocalists.
Many of the evening’s melodies came from her latest release, “As I Am,” including “Teenage Love Affair,” the defiant show opener “Go Ahead” and the encore megahit, “No One.