Tuesday, June 10, 2008
An Amerykah We Can Believe In
The Roots/Erykah Badu show at The Paramount theater last night was seriously impressive. Upon walking into the theater we were struck with the ornate attention to every Art Deco detail: embellished curtains, gilded walls - a photographers dream to shoot it. But back to the lecture at hand - The Roots killed it with Capt. Kirk channeling Jimi Hendrix. After a retro set change Ms. Badu came out, with a full band, 4 backup singers, a personal drum machine and a passion and soulfulness we have to encounter. Sporting her signature afro, some chucks and a red plaid suit - her dance moves, her playfulness and her powerful voice struck a chord in us and left us wanting so much more. Highlights came in the form of Soldier, off her new album, On & On, off Baduizm and ending with Tyrone (whilst standing on the seats in the first few rows) was a crowd pleaser. If you get a chance to go see this show, it will not disappoint.