THE MEADOWS 2017 5 BEST PERFORMANCES
Photos by Sonic Highlark
There were only a few musical disappointments at The Meadows this year, which makes narrowing down a top five very difficult.
I eventually chose the following, in no particular order, for their emotional impact and similarity to recorded quality. The evening headliners were not included because their clout is a given (M.I.A. pictured above and Jay-Z below).
[+] ERYKAH BADU
With poise, prowess and a couple of background singers, Badu wowed the crowd as is her nature. Her vocals had a stronger, throatier quality than on most of her records as she made her way through classics “On & On,” and “Hello,” with an added kick from live drumming. In between songs she would strike a dramatic power pose, with one hand reaching up towards the sky and the other on her hip. The fans went nuts — even more so when she revealed that the stance “doesn’t mean anything at all.”
Amazingly, Badu found time on stage to talk about the power of unity as well as her fight against the unjust occupation of land. She both lectured and nurtured the audience as she described her life as a singer, mother, and activist.
It wasn’t just music; it was performance.