October 15th, 2011
Five years ago, Todd and I had the pleasure of seeing the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, James Brown, three months before he passed. The show was astounding, as even in his very old age (73) Mr. Brown could still kill it, personified by his 12 minute show-stopping performance of “Sex Machine” to close the night with his lively band. Now five years after his passing, the spirit of James Brown still seemed alive on that stage with an energetic, theatrical performance from relatively newcomer Janelle Monáe, a Neo Soul talent and Outkast protégé who clearly models her music and performance style after the Godfather of Soul as well as Prince and the King of Pop, not a bad group of rock royalty to emulate.
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