The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana housed yet another fiery musical number. After an excellent performance catalog that included the likes of Brandy Norwood, Jill Scott, Maxwell, TGT, Janelle Monae, Chrisette Michelle, Emeli Sandé, Faith Evans and PJ Morton to name a few, Beyoncé was set to take center stage on the evening of July 7, 2013.
It was the only performance for which “the pit” was closed off (or the area of the dome where selective press were allowed to enter for photo-taking). So, we happily took our seats in the audience. After all, CL had barely gotten the opportunity to just sit back and enjoy the music.
What I imagined was going to simply be another great performance, turned out to be one epic musical jamboree, that could only be executed by someone like Mrs. Carter. Hardly a Beyoncé enthusiast, I now have a better understanding of why the Bey-hive community goes so hard for their Queen B.
Beyoncé is as perfect as people commonly like to perceive her to be –– on stage, that is. And with reason, as the Houston-native is a self-proclaimed perfectionist. From the intro to the outro, Bey had her audience out of their seats during the entire hour and a half set.
Having gone through hits like “Who Run the World,” “Crazy,” “Single Ladies,” “Halo,” “Naughty Girl,” “Baby Boy,” “Freakum Dress” and “Irreplaceable” to name a few, the songstress surely sang her way into the hearts of any cynic present that night. Simply put: the woman worked her ass off, all while sitting high on several pairs of stilettos.
If Beyoncé’s band and cinematography weren’t enough, her dancing surely was. There wasn’t one slip of the heel or mishap of the wardrobe. The diva could easily have somersaulted and landed in a split without so much as a hair out of place.
In a moment of down time (for me, ’cause maybe I didn’t like the tune playing), I took the opportunity to look around and witness the magic; the Beyoncé effect was REAL. Mrs. Carter was so infectious, she had women and men alike, on their feet, boasting this stupid-goofy look on their faces. Some women tried really hard to mimic her booty-pop, while others obnoxiously sang every song, word for word. And, undoubtedly, those who afforded front row seats, are the aficionados caught crying when we see the recorded shows on TV.
Complete with engaging video intermissions, a crazy break-dancing duo called Lés Twins, and a wicked singing trio by the name of The Mamas, the Mrs. Carter Show was definitely the way to bring the 2013 Essence Music Festival to an end.
Check out B doing her live number of “Grown Woman,” after the jump.