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Re: “Erykah Badu Gets a Second Chance in Oakland Tonight

i know what you mean MeliMel, and i did want that. i'm not into 'mainstream' music and i support artistry and each artist's unique vision. i'm not trying to argue with other people and say you couldn't have enjoyed it, but i think it was one of the least interesting shows i've ever been to - and i'm a pretty big Erykah fan. i liked the dancing, stage setup (mirrors were cool), but a lot of the vamps were too long and they weren't interesting! she didn't engage the audience until the very end. i've seen video of other shows she's done and she was great there.

also, an expectation of entertainment should not be something that's too much to ask. it should be the bare minimum, and anything else gained from the show is a bonus. ever been to a Jamiroquai show? or a Nino Moschella show? or a full Roots show? Esperanza Spalding? that's all music for your soul, and they all created a great vibe and remained true to themselves in the process. i'm not someone who has a 'artist can do no wrong' mentality. even if my favorite band did a lackluster show, i'd be the first to say it. just being honest.

thanks everyone for the discourse. peace until next time. hopefully i'll come away more satisfied.

Posted by chimera on 06/13/2008 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Erykah Badu Gets a Second Chance in Oakland Tonight

@ lauren - if you knew about the set list in chicago and other cities vs. what we got, you wouldn't be singing the same tune. we got no encore, hardly any classics, though the lack of encore could be the venue's fault. she did all that and more in chi-town and a friend said it was a great show. he was really surprised to hear about the performance on monday.

and when i pay 60 bucks to see a show, i expect to be entertained. thoroughly. that is her job, not to get into her own world on stage and leave the audience hanging. engage the audience. switch it up if they're not feeling what you're doing. not saying she didn't sing flawlessly or that it wasn't innovative, but she didn't really hit the mark and get people locked in. but if you were entertained, then that's fine, perhaps we have different expectations from live shows. i'm curious about what others think.

Posted by chimera on 06/12/2008 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Erykah Badu Gets a Second Chance in Oakland Tonight

i felt the same way about monday's performance - the roots seemed uninspired. it was a 'wham, bam, thank you ma'am' situation. not nearly as good as when i saw them at coachella. but whatever, i wasn't really there for them anyway.

erykah's setlist was ill chosen and her performance that evening could best be described as purely self satisfying and indulgent. not much actual singing, not many of her hits, just 10 variations on 'the healer' and 'amerykahn promise' taking up 60% of the show. those songs aren't really that great, especially when compared to bangers such as 'master teacher' and 'the cell' on the very same album. it was really boring actually. i stayed 'til the end, but wiser members of the crowd packed their bags as early as the 4th song.

afterward, there wasn't much buzz and everyone quietly filed into the BART station to go home, feeling wholly unsatisfied. for shame, ms.badu..i expected a cosmic funk adventure, but all i got was some nonsense self created philosophy on 'vortices' and drawn out themes of afro-centrism.

Posted by chimera on 06/10/2008 at 3:34 PM

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