In this third installment of my impression of Montreal blog entries, I will share with you what I think of the jazz festival, which is after all, the reason we traveled to Montreal.
We had a wonderful time at the Jazz Fest! There were so many great talents to see but so little time. A lot of the performances were free. We saw some free concerts in addition to our Erykah Badu paid concert.
The Brooks were one of the free concerts we saw and they were phenomenal. They are Quebec-based musicians who were “brought together by their mutual love for authentic, vintage Funk & Soul music.” Everything about this performance was funky great, from the vocals to the instruments. The lead vocalist, Alan Prater had such an incredible voice that would captivate and warm your soul.
Below is a short video I recorded of The Brooks’ performance. I hope you enjoy!
Erykah Badu’s concert took place at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on Monday, June 29, 2015. I was impressed by the ubiquitous atmosphere we experienced before the concert. We saw Montrealers from different ethnic groups and distinction show up for the concert. Some women had natural hair, twists and braids. While some others had on a cosmopolitan look. The gentlemen complemented their dates with a well-groomed dapper look. There was a calm but euphoric feeling everyone had in the lobby as we waited for the concert.
The concert started at 7:30 pm with an opening art by Harlem, New York hip hop artist and songwriter, Charles Hamilton who I’ve never heard of until he took the stage and gave us a fantastic show. He entertained us for an hour before Erykah Badu’s band took the stage to introduce her. The introduction dragged on longer than I expected as Ms. Badu took her precious time to come out, which I think was her way of telling us she’s still a diva.
However, as soon as she made her grand entrance we all jumped to our feet screaming and clapping. She immediately started singing and rocked the crowd performing hit after hit. She performed her 2008 politically charged song, Soldier and took the moment to talk about some of the issues going on today with images of the civil rights movement playing in the background screen. A lot of images were displayed during her performance including those of ancient Egyptian kings and queens. The audience went completely insane when she performed her 1996 breakout hit On & On. Almost everyone was dancing and bobbing their heads. It was a magical performance.
This is my first Erykah Badu concert and it won’t be my last. I love her energy, message and spirit of activism. Her music really can change and make the world a better place.
Due to the firm warning we received at the beginning about not taking pictures or recording the performance I wasn’t able to capture this experience with my lens. But I found a YouTube video by user yatsei that perfectly captured some part of the performance.
What are some of your favorite Erykah Badu songs? What do you like most about her music? Please share your thoughts below.