Nov. 20, 2013
I'm not sure if the crowd was lazy, tired or too busy taking video on their phones to participate, but throughout Monae's hour-and-45-minute set, her infectious energy just wasn't hitting people in full force. That's to `no fault of the 27-year-old R&B singer. Monae puts on a show in every sense of the word.
From that point on, Monae rarely stood still. She shook, shimmied and spun her way around the stage showing clear inspiration from artists including James Brown, Outkast and Prince. She didn't worry about addressing the crowd, only briefing incorporating some lyrics for people to join her at Cook-Out after the show for a hamburger and strawberry shake. She was just too busy performing and showing fantastic range - no wonder she recently needed vocal rest.
While half of the set was made up from her recent album, The Electric Lady, Monae also found time for a cover of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" before launching into a double dance set-closer of "Cold War" and "Tightrope."
After the first encore ended with an extended version of "Come Alive," she left for another short break. While nearly half of the venue filed out assuming the show was over, it wasn't. Monae returned to thank everyone for their support of her art, and brought a few people up on stage as she ended the night with the apropos "What an Experience."
Yes, Janelle. What an experience, what a performer, what a show.
2.0 Introduction to Palace of the Dogs
Suite IV Overture
Givin Em What They Love
I Want You Back
Let's Go Crazy
What an Experience