So, last night I was gifted with tickets to the greatest show on earth! Yeah, I'm talking about Maxwell, people. To make things even better, the songstress Chrisette Michele opened the show with her new album's title track "Epiphany" and this girl, if you don't already know, can SANG, with an A. What you might not know, however, is that she can also do great imitations while she SANGS—she did her best John Legend, Anita Baker and Erykah Badu impressions and I tell you- she killed it in both her voice and theirs. I can't help but always imagine her on a baby grand piano, with long gloves, and one of those long cigarette holders belting out her tunes. After ooing and aahing over Ms. Michele it was time for Maxwell and the anticipation was great. Coming out with no Kanye West insane stage setup, Maxwell and with his KILLER band opened with "Get To Know Ya." The energy in the room shot to record breaking heights. I don't know how, in a venue as huge as NJPAC he managed to make me feel like I was who he was singing each song to, and that we just might be the only people around, but he did—even with me high up on the third tier! Mixing old tracks with new, he kept the attention right where it needed to be: on him. I can't tell you how bad I've wanted to hear "This Womans' Work" live, and when I did, it was everything I could have imagined and more. Maxwell is a truly talented artist and showman. He captivated the crowd from beginning to end, incorporating fancy dance moves (Max don't hurt em) that weren't choreographed but rather felt in the moment, and took his time to hug every fan that came up to give him flowers. This man is the true definition of an artist. Oh, and that panty throwing you may think happens at a show like this....it does! Another part of the show I appreciated, was the fact with each song he incorporated a solo from one part of the band, and it was in these times he introduces the band member instead of waiting to the end. It really highlighted each musician's talents. If you're a lover of live music- make sure to see go see Maxwell, you will not be disappointed.
What a song!