Aug 12

As you all know I am a huge fan of Janelle Monae’s music and performances, so when I got the chance to see her live in Miami I jumped at the chance and planned for it.

The performance I expected was a small set with a CD backing her tracks and her rendition of the newer jams accompanied by her high energy dancing. Little did I know I was in for so much more, Janelle (who wasn’t the main act) brought along a mini orchestra, props, costume changes, paint and a large screen to show videos as she performed.

It was simply amazing, with lots of energy and not unlike one of her videos. The backup singers were on point, the music echoed the album and tiny Janelle had the lungs of a giant showing her vocal range in making sure that the entire auditorium heard her song.

“Jane went the extra mile and stage dived into the crowd”

Most of the songs were from The ArchAndroid album but there were a few tracks from her original EP Metropolis also. The performances were similar to the way they were arranged on the album where one song rolls into another seamlessly and without much warning.

The one break was when the entire set left the stage with the exception of Jane and her lead guitarist (a young man with permed hair and white fingernails) where she performed Smile to show everyone that outside of all the space-aged, techno stuff she could actually sing.

Towards the end when the audience typically expects to wrap it up, Jane went the extra mile and stage dived into the crowd allowing them to drift her out and then back to the stage smoothly.

If you ever get a chance to see Janelle Monae in concert I strongly, strongly urge you to do so. There really was no downside to the entire show and I am more than sure she picked up several hundred extra fans that did not come there for her.

With nods from Prince, Mick Jagger and other Rock Gods – Janelle’s star is only going to get brighter and you do not want to be one of the people wondering as to why you didn’t give her a chance when I told you to.

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