Yesterday when I was driving to work, I was a little sad when I heard Tyrone on the radio, because I wasn’t going to the Erykah Badu concert. I mean I know its my birthday month and I get to splurge and do as I want, but I didn’t want to be greedy since I just went to see Alicia Keys. To my surprise at the last minute, I got a ticket for free! (Thanks Jonathan) I’m such a fan of Erykah. She does that music you feel in your soul! Mama’s Gun has got to be one of my favorite albums of all time. And now I can say I saw her live!
Bilal opened for her and I thought he was great. I know about him because my honey really likes his music and there are a few songs that I have gotten to know and love (plus he reminds me of D’Angelo). The majority of the audience didn’t seem to be familiar with him, so it felt like he was performing just for me. He didn’t play my favorite song Soul Sista, but he sang one of honey’s fav Something To Hold On. And since my honey didn’t get to go (I could only get one ticket) it made me think he told Bilal to sing that song to me! I know, I have issues.
After Bilal, I started to get really anxious to see Erykah Badu. Unlike the Alicia Keys concert, there was a long wait for her to come out on stage. OMG. They kept turning the lights on and off (false starts) driving me insane. Then about an hour and a half later there was a spotlight on the stage and there was Erykah in sweat pants and a hoodie! Now it was time to hear greatness.
As you can tell from the pictures, there wasn’t much visually done to the stage like an Alicia Keys concert or other artists, but to be honest with you Erykah doesn’t need all of that. When she opens her mouth and starts singing, its like you’re transformed to outer space. The vibe is so strong that you can picture just about anything you feel at the moment. About half way, she put on a top hat and a jacket and really went off on stage. She made beats live, remixed some of her songs over freestyle beats, and just jammed!
She was well worth the wait and we weren’t ready for her performance to end! What a Dangerously Beautiful woman. Make sure you check her out live. It’s truly an experience.