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?