Seems the thing about Macy Gray’s distinctive voice is that you love it or hate it. Obviously, the Atlanta fans who came out in the nasty weather Wednesday night LOVE Gray. She rewarded them with a two-hour, up close and personal show at The Buckhead Theatre, which was nowhere near sold out. Gray, who was joined by Maiya Sykes, singing background and more, performed about 20 songs, opening with “Ghetto Love” and ending with “Beauty in the World.” Photos from the performance.
Gray appeared to be every bit of 6 feet tall and she was somewhat elegant in flowing gowns — one black, one powder blue and one silver — all graced with feather boas.
The “sexy people,” as Gray called her fans, were in two groups, the first on the lower level of the cozy theater who stood and danced with Gray and Sykes throughout the show, many right in front of the stage. They were close enough to shake hands with Gray and many did as she reached out to them several times throughout the show. The second group of fans was made up of seat-dancers who were upstairs in the balcony seats (the only seating at the theater).
Gray’s Atlanta stop on the “Macy Gray Fall Tour 2010” featured songs from her current album “Sellout” (released in June), as well as previous fan favorites. The set list included some new arrangements of her songs including a few reggae medleys, one of which was a blend of “Still” and “Sweet Baby.”
Although fans came to see Gray, it was hard not to linger on the funky and afro’d diva, Sykes, who sang background and danced behind Gray like it was nobody’s business. The soulful singer is the vocalist with the Los Angeles R&B band “The Endangered.” Sykes also rapped at the start of “On and On,” lent her soulful voice to solos and background, and danced and romped in playful antics with a stagehand during the opening of the fun and circusey sounding “Oblivion.” At times it seemed Sykes was upstaging Gray a bit, but it also seemed that Gray was quite comfortable with the pairing. Sykes’ dancing seemed a nice match for Gray, who is more of a crooner than a dancer.
Overall, it was an entertaining show, including the opening band Little Tybee. The seven or so songs from the local indie band had a sound of strings and percussion was just-right as a warm-up for Gray’s eclectic sound.
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What’s your take on the performance? Do you think it was worthwhile to slosh through the rain for the show? If you’ve seen Gray before, how would you rate this show against others?