Man what?! After a stressful and hot day and waiting in line around the corner of The Howard Theater, we were able to experience the powerful energy of the artists associated with Wondaland Records. Artists Janelle Monae, Jidenna, St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur, and Deep Cotton. The wait was totally worth it. All of these artists together put on such a versatile show I felt like I paid for it! And the most powerful part of the show was everyone singing Janelle Monae’s song “Hell You Talmbout” which is an ode to the unarmed black victims who have been murdered unjustly at the hands of police brutality. I felt so much energy from this song as I have recently been feeling drained and depressed by so many of these murders happening. I hope you enjoy these photos and please remember Black Lives Matter.
“This song is a vessel. It carries the unbearable anguish of millions. We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma caused by the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters. We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue. Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon. They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves… Won’t you say their names?” -Janelle Monae
Congrats to John Lloyd Young on his debut solo show at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
An exquisite blend of vocals, musicians, lighting, and thoughtful song order/arrangements - some of the delightful surprises of the night included “Sherry,” (which comprised the audience encouraged [happily] to sing the back up), old favorites, new favorites, enchanting stories, and a whole lot of new Washington D.C. folk whom had never seen him perform captivated by his performance - and holy wow; the acoustics in the Terrace Theater was phenomenal.
So happy to have been one of the many supporters enveloped by the engagingly unique fusion of these artists.