By MICHELLE SHAW
Alicia Keys sent thousands of Atlantans home in an Empire State of mind Tuesday night.
With images of Grand Central Station flashing above her head, Keys belted out “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down” as the last of 17 songs she performed during her nearly two-hour Element of Freedom Tour stop at Phillips Arena.
With few disruptions, Keys put on an entertaining and educational show, using massive LED boards hanging above her to show images relating to her music. She even used the interlude between “Secrets” and “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” to promote her African missions effort “Keep a Child Alive.”
She entertained the crowd with old and new music and spent a notable amount of time at a black baby grand piano, also outfitted with LED technology.
Keys played a number of instruments during the show, but also worked the stage and engaged her fans.
The crowd as a whole appeared to be lukewarm, but the people on the floor of the arena seemed to radiate