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15Jun
2011
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Review: Janelle Monae Wants You Back For More

Janelle Monae. Photo: Dr. Funkenberry
Janelle Monae. Photo: Dr. Funkenberry

Janelle Monae. Photo: Dr. Funkenberry

Janelle Monae funked up the Gibson Sunday and Tuesday with Bruno Mars.  Her 1 hour set shows her live show is something to be talked about as she brings back old school R&B to her performance.

Janelle did an hour set that brought the crowd to their feet for most of her set.  It is a performance piece so, aside from going into the crowd towards the end of her set and having them participate that way, there was little crowd interaction.  Hopefully, with her next CD, the performance will have more crowd participation.  Right here, right now, it works though.

Janelle covered "Smile" and The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" that would have made Michael Jackson proud.

Janelle Monae. Photo: Dr.Funkenberry

Janelle Monae. Photo: Dr.Funkenberry

Janelle's performance is better than a year ago where sometimes her energy came across as shouting, but she has learned to keep her energy and her voice loud and has won me over. 

Janelle has said she has already thinking and working towards her 2nd CD and we are looking forward to it as well.  Janelle is a talent that some may need warming up to (Although if you can't dance to "Tightrope" I don't know what's wrong with you) and we have a feeling that Janelle will be rocking it for a while. 

It's nice to see a female bringing back that 70's old school type of show without having to show skin to entertain.-Dr.FB

Janelle Monae Photo: Dr.Funkenberry

Janelle Monae Photo: Dr.Funkenberry

15Jun
2011
0

Review: Bruno Mars Works “The Middle”

Bruno Mars. Photo: Dr.Funkenberry
Bruno Mars. Photo: Dr.Funkenberry

Bruno Mars. Photo: Dr.Funkenberry

Bruno Mars along with Janelle Monae sold out the Gibson Amphitheatre Sunday and Tuesday along with opening act Mayer Hawthorne. 

When I first heard of the show, I couldn't believe Janelle was opening and was worried Bruno would be over-shadowed, as some early reviews were saying.  I am proud to say, they were wrong.

Bruno did a rousing 90 minute set that opened with a new song and then stuck to material from his last CD "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" along with a cover or 2.

Bruno was very playful with the crowd during recent hits "Lazy Song" and "Grenade" talking about getting his heart broken was the inspiration for the song.  The aforementioned "Lazy Song" was anything but, with a back and forth with a band member and the audience.

He also sang "billionaire" substituting "fricking" instead of using the other "F" word. 

Bruno Mars. Photo: Dr.Funkenberry.com

Bruno Mars. Photo: Dr.Funkenberry.com

Bruno brought the house down with "Nothing On You" and "Just The Way You Are" before coming out for a loud encore.

Bruno went from playing the Temple Bar in L.A. years ago to headlining his own tour.  We can only hope his success continues and we are able to see him again very soon.-Dr.FB

Diagnosis:  Mars Is An Act Seeing On Earth

Bruno Mars. Photo: Dr.Funkenberry

Bruno Mars. Photo: Dr.Funkenberry