Concert Review

2014 Summer Spirit Fest Review – Janelle Monae @JanelleMonae

IMG_1696Somewhere in a distant faraway galaxy, musical mastermind superbeings spliced the genes of James Brown and Tina Turner, creating the musical miracle named Janelle Monáe…. The energy of the King of Funk, and Tina’s Proud Mary exude from this small wonder, and we bore witness to her abilities once again at the 2014 Summer Spirit Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion.  The beings enabled her with magical boots that allow her to dance on air.  Hey, she mentions her spaceship in “Electric Lady”, you never know but that is my hypothesis!

Janelle Monae 1Janelle Monáe was wheeled onto the stage, wearing a strait-jacket, which she promptly shook off.  Although Monáe shared she is only 5-ft tall, she is a musical giant who stands on the shoulders of icons.  In her latest cd, “The Electric Lady” she was worked with Prince, on “Givin Em What They Love”.  The CoverGirl from space, did exactly that during her performance.  Her energy is infectious, and the audience caught it, dancing in the pavilion and on the lawn as they sang along.

Monáe broke out into the funky collaboration, “Q.U.E.E.N” and showed us how she gets down as her background singers moved in retro rhythmic motions. Next, she performed the title track of her project, “The Electric Lady”.  Last year at her album release party, Monáe shared how she was inspired by her visits by the Electric Lady in her dreams and on her art canvas.  Check out our post for more insight into the mysterious Electric Lady and to get the recipe for the “The Electric Lady” cocktail.

His Purple Highness makes another appearance on “Electric Lady” with Miguel and joined forces with Janelle Monáe to create a sultry ballad laced with a guitar solo, “Prime Time” which she sang as a solo with the backing  the crowd.

Although, Monáe expertly led the crowd into a hyper frenzy, she is not just a party girl.  She urged to crowd to be revolutionary, and to take stand for peace and equality.  She performed “Cold War” from her project, “ArchAndroid”, and “Tightrope” which proved my earlier hypothesis as she proceeded with the ritual of her musical forefather of being covered with a cape.  This cosmic Queen of retro futuristic funk is a force to be reckoned with, catch her show when she performs near you!


Special thanks to Gypsy Soul & Soulcial Grind PR for granting media coverage.

Photography by JW Photography.

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