Le Dirty Computer Tour
The beautiful Janelle Monae blessed Los Angeles with her presence at the Greek Theater on Thursday, June 28 and it was everything. The opener was St. Beauty, which I know of, but admittedly forgot to brush up on their discography before the concert. But they sounded good and were Gorgeous. The show started at 7:30pm, and a little bit after 9pm we heard Dirty Computer blasting from the speakers. We saw footage of the Emotion Picture, and then we saw the woman herself. She came out sounding like BUTTER.
She got right into the tracks on DC, but after Django Jane (throne included), she got into some of her classics. She did her popular songs like Queen, Tightrope, and my favorite- Primetime. I desperately wanted Miguel to come out to make a great night perfect, but instead her guitarist blew us away with an incredible guitar solo. He came out a few times that night, but it was magical when he paid homage to Prince at the end of Primetime. After that, JM came out with the iconic pussy pants for Pynk, and we all lived. By this time, she mixed up the order for the rest of the album. During Make Me Feel, she threw in a little mix of James Brown and did her notable funky dance moves to it. When she did Don't Judge Me (one of my top 3), it brought tears to my eyes. It is such a beautiful song, and to hear it with live strings and instrumentation, it almost felt like I had an out of body experience during that song.
With all of the jams in the mix, there was still realness in that show. She talked about loving who you want, being who you want, being proud to be different, gay rights, black issues, immigrant issues, and loving and being kind to each other in between her songs. I even saw some homies (Kamau, etc.) in her b-roll footage during one of the Black Lives Matter marches in DC sponsored by NBUF (National Black United Front), and that really hit home for me. She did a touching encore of So Afraid and Americans, and although there is SO much going on in the world right now (and the pain I hear and feel in the songs), I walked away feeling so hopeful.
Her performance was fun to watch, and the crowd's energy was nothing short of amazing. The crowd can sometimes make or break shows, but there was so much love in the air, it was one big Dirty Computer family. The love we all felt at that show that night definitely helped us feel less alone, and oddly enough, unafraid.
P.S. Such a great way to end my birthday month, shout out to bae for blessing us with these tickets <3