Electrifying. Captivating. Mesmerizing.
Need I say more?
I took a trip up to Philly this weekend to watch the hardest working woman in showbiz perform jams from her newest album: The Electric Lady. Let’s just say–the trip was well worth it.
Janelle Monáe performed Sunday night at the Electric Factory in Philly. The songs are still in rotation in my head. But let’s start with the rules: You may want to leave your heels at home (and your beverage in a sippy cup). Of course, this was a dance party.
After Janelle’s dramatic entrance onto the stage (I won’t give it away), the crowd suddenly found itself immersed in the enchanting sounds of Wondaland. Every part of the show brought more and more funk. Janelle executed a flawless performance and gave every bit the performance many of her fans have come to enjoy. (i.e. plenty of funky leg moves, mic stand swinging, and hip shaking to go around) Speaking of hip shaking–the backup dancersingers (yes, it is now one word) put on just as much of a show. And I simply can’t forget the band. Kellindo Parker, Janelle’s lead guitarist and the rest of the crew kept the sounds flowing. Often times I questioned whether I was at a rock concert, an R&B concert, or just some unnamed territory of “no man’s land” ripe for claiming under this new sound.
Let’s talk about the crowd for just a second. Men. Women. Young. Old. Black. White. Green.-enough said.
The tracks featured on her new album bring back the soulful sounds of R&B while maintaining a futuristic flair. Janelle Monáe indeed has her own sound. Be prepared to dance, to sway, to think… Not to mention the album features a few amazing guest appearances such as Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel. . . and more.
At the “end” of the concert the room exploded with applause, and exploded, and exploded, in the dark, for minutes until…
Well you will have to see for yourself. Run, do not walk to see Janelle Monáe in concert. And Yes, pick up the new album The Electric Lady!