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Jill Scott’s “Summer Block Party” is a scorcher

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.

9 comments Add your comment

Kaye

July 1st, 2012
9:09 am

The heat didn’t deter anyone from showing up and dancing to the tunes. The place was packed and everyone had a great time. Thanks to Jill Scott, Kem and DJ Jazzy Jeff for giving us our money’s worth. It was so much fun.

Joy Monique

July 1st, 2012
9:54 am

The Block Party was definitely well worth the effort to attend, despite the heat! Thanks to Jeff Bradshaw, KEM, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Ms. Jill Scott for giving the Atlanta audience a show worth talking about! Yes, Ms. Scott, you always give us our money’s worth! My family and friends had a blast! Can’t wait to see her again!

Angela Tuck

July 1st, 2012
10:17 am

This was my first Jill Scott show and she definitely gave the crowd quite a performance. Kem also gave a great performance.

Erica

July 1st, 2012
11:47 am

This was totally awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

goodshow

July 1st, 2012
1:09 pm

But I think my next outdoor show will be in the spring or fall.WoW!!!

Jamie

July 1st, 2012
1:27 pm

This is the FIRST time I’ve missed Jill Scott performing in Atlanta. I attended the BlockParty last year. Since she didn’t have a new CD I didn’t purchase a ticket. I’m feeling some kinda way. luvsmesum JillyPhilly. Plus, it was too friggin’ hot.

Ratasha

July 1st, 2012
2:24 pm

Man, that was the best Block Party EVER!!!!!!!!! My husband and I enjoyed ourselves.

nette

July 1st, 2012
9:37 pm

clock

July 2nd, 2012
8:37 am

Jill Scott: she’s beautiful, she’s sexy, she’s confident and she knows how to give a great performance. It was definitely for the grown and sexy. Jazzy Jeff made me forget about the heat and I danced all night! What an amazing show.