The crowd is dancing and fanning hard: with portable hand-helds, paper plates — anything that will produce a slight breeze.
After DJ Jazzy Jeff does his thing with some old school dance tunes like Tom Browne’s “Funkin For Jamaica,” this crowd is ready for Ms. Jill Scott.
The talented singer, actress and poet and storyteller takes to the stage at 9:15 p.m. belting out her hit, “It’s Love.” The crowd sings along with “The Way You Love Me.” Then she and one of her background singers performs the duet she made popular with soul crooner Anthony Hamilton, “So in Love.”
Scott sprinkles her show with stories, poems and encouraging words. The crowd gets what it comes for and more when she sings popular anthems like “Golden,” “Blessed” and “Hate on Me.”
At one point, Scott dons a black page boy wig to perform “The Real Thing” only to take it off a few songs later when it gets a bit too hot. The singer with the powerful alto voice jokes with the crowd about everything from making love to talking to her son about her hair. The conversation turns serious when she talks about teaching children to laugh at the taunts of bullies and feel good about themselves.
All the while, the crowd is hanging on her every word and note. At one point, she asks: “Are you getting your money’s worth?” to loud applause.
She ends the show with “Blessed” and “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat)” to the delight of her fans.
In Atlanta, it’s clear Ms. Jill Scott wears the crown.
So while the show may have been billed as a summer block party complete with a deejay, nothing beats a singer with a powerful voice jamming with her band.