Monday, November 11, 2013
THAT INEXPLICABLE "STAR MOMENT" JANELLE MONAE
I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE WITNESSED LIVE the moment when a performer's career comes together in that one magic moment and lifts off into the stratosphere. It is an almost out of control thing where all the same elements have been there--crew, lighting, musicians, sets, the right songs--but on the one special night there is an explosion and a star is made.
One time I saw it was with Bette Midler.
Out she came, and did the same act that I'd seen in the baths, but some money was spent now on costumes. No one in the room had seen anything like her, and when it was over the crowd erupted into frantic emotions and shock. That night was it and it was incredible to be there.
Same thing with Sonny and Cher
It happened again with Ike and Tina Turner at the same club. Same important audience, only this time we were all on couches or mats.
I could go on and on about these events, but I'm saving it for my book.
THE OTHER NIGHT, JANELLE MONAE HAD THE SAME CAREER EXPLOSION.
A little while later I saw that Janelle was the opening act for Erykah Badu at the Greek Theatre and I bought tickets. Because she was the opening act, Janelle set was short, but she was a knockout in my eyes. It was an Erykah audience, and they really liked Janelle, but this wasn't her moment.
I noticed that after the Badu tour, Janelle was kind of quiet. I presume she was recording her second album.
Then, when it was time to be released, it was full-court press. Janelle was booked huge clubs. I went to see her two weekends ago at Club Nokia. I hate going to clubs, but this was a different experience. I bought the VIP package and had a special entrance, lounge, and seating area. I loved the no-hassle approach.. The lounge had TV monitors and you could watch the opening act without even going in the theatre.
Janelle killed it. Finally the stage was hers, with money spent on her act for sets, lights, graphics, dancers...From the moment she stepped out on that stage an explosion happened. It all came together--the music, the act, the audience and Janelle. Once again, I was privileged to have experienced a magic moment.
She's a combo of James Brown, Sarah Vaughn and a very contemporary Fred Astaire. You just have to see her live to get it.
Run to whatever venue shes in and experience it for yourself.