Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Concert review: Erykah Badu’s birthday at Granada was a damn jam
The venue was packed with listeners ready to worship at the altar of Badu.
DALLAS Tuesday night at the Granada Theater, local superstar and Queen of Neo-Soul, Erykah Badu, celebrated her 42nd birthday with an unforgettable show that featured the spinning skills of DJ Tyrone Smiley and DJ A1, as well as a jam session by The Gritz. The celebration, hosted by The Cannabinoids, also featured a full set by the divine goddess herself, the bulk of which was spent singing tunes from her 1997 debut record Baduizm from the first track to the last.
After the two DJs and The Gritz got the sold-out crowd warmed up with their booty shaking grooves and an improvised Harlem Shake, the chronically late Badu, dressed in her signature head wrap, finally made her way to the stage.
Her band Cannabinoids was the quiet superstar of the night. With the wave of her hand, or the utterance of a single syllable, Badu's wish was her band’s command. The audience present was rapt with attention as Badu and The Cannabinoids shared their talents.
Rarely does Badu perform an album onstage from start to finish, but for her birthday she gave fans a special treat. Baduizm is regarded by many fans as a masterpiece and is certainly a fan favorite. The album put her on the map, and Tuesday night was a rare treat to hear her sing the album in full.
To say that her birthday celebration was a success is putting it mildly. It was a downright jam – the “damn jam.” Her fans, who waited patiently all night to hear her sweet, powerful voice, were greatly rewarded and their thirst for their goddess was quenched. Only Badu can pull off a birthday party with such finesse and grace. She truly is Dallas’ R&B queen.
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