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Estelle and Solange In Atlanta

Though it has only been a little over a month since she last appeared on stage in Atlanta – as an opening act at John Legend’s sold-out Fox Theatre show – Estelle returned Thursday night to draw a near capacity crowd herself.

She’s a force. Though her band wasn’t quite as remarkable as opening act Solange’s (who we’ll get to in a second), she has personality (demonstrated in her between-song banter), pipes and a fun pop number in “American Boy,” featuring Kanye West.

And unlike many of her young stateside peers, this British soul singer has a comfort on stage that belies her mere one album (“Shine”) in stores.

Opening act Solange, on the other hand, has two in the bins – and little of that same ease in front of the audience.

No one expects her to be big sister Beyonce. Her occasionally goofy wiggling/dancing? renders that assumption moot. Plus she comes from a more soulful, retro direction musicwise.

But the most interesting things during her set – other than that quirky noodle-dancing – were her guitarists, her segues into more familiar material (Martha and the Vandellas’ “Heat Wave,” The Cardigans’ “Lovefool”), and her penchant for letting a certain curse word fly with glee.

If you were at Center Stage last night, what was your take? What about the opening acts — Suai and Hal Linton?

4 comments Add your comment

beautifuldaidreamer

March 13th, 2009
3:11 pm

I had a great time at that show. Solange rocked it! Her energy was captivating and fun. She’s not trying to be Beyonce, she’s just being Solange. My favorite performance was “Cosmic Journey” although I was silently praying that Bilal would join her lol.

Estelle was good too. Her voice is crazy! However, her attitude rubbed me the wrong way. When it was time for her to sing “American Boy” she told us she was getting tired of singing that song. Hmmm…considering that was THE song that expanded her fan base and allowed her to even be on tour in the first place, you would think she would be more humble and respectful of her fans…IMO

Overall, the show was fantastic and I would soooooooo see Solange perform again

Derrick

March 13th, 2009
10:04 pm

Estelle was pretty good. I saw her last year in London and that was a better show but she has a great range of material. Solange on the other hand was really bad. I’m not a big fan anyway, but she was even worse than I thought. Flat voice, bad dancing and as the blogger said completely overshadowed by her guitarist who at least kept it a little interesting. She should stick to the Raven Simone type audiences.

Mark

March 15th, 2009
1:33 pm

Terrible show. What this country needs to do is rid us of black music, and allow only whites to perform.

ajcreader

March 16th, 2009
11:14 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed the show. I thought Suai was good as an opener. I really couldn’t get into Hal Linton. I loved solange show, she had great energy and really seemed to be “herself” on stage. I love that she jumped down in the crowd and just danced with people.

Estelle also did a great job, both artist had a lot of banter with the crowd which is the point of a smaller more intimate venue.