First of all, big thanks to Janelle Monáe and her band, not to mentioned the kind folks running the TD Toronto Jazz Fest for a mindblowing show and an all around great evening.
From start to finish, Ms. Monáe put on a flawless performance full of energy and perfect vocals. Honestly, every track came off without a hitch. Opening with Dance or Die into Faster, the first two tracks off of her album The Archandroid, which also happen to be our two personal favorites, we were off to an incredible start. Janelle had a full band, including guitar and bass, drums and percussion, keys, a 3 piece string section, and a nice brass section consisting of trombone and trumpet. They are a blast to watch, you can tell everyone on stage truly loves the music, and it is apparent that they have spent some time working together, fine tuning and becoming friends.
It was live music as it should be: fun, passionate, energetic and funky as hell. We definitely did not expect to hear them cover I Want You Back, the Jackson 5 classic, but wow, incredible. We had also heard that she does some live painting on stage, and she did not disappoint, make sure you check out the photos.
All in all, we would recommend Janelle Monáe live or on record to pretty much everyone, really, what's not to love? Thanks again to Janelle Monáe, her band, and everyone at the TD Toronto Jazz Fest. Everyone we encountered was great, we would head back anytime, everyone should check it out and keep in mind, you only need tickets to get into the tent, anyone in the city can go chill in Nathan Phillips Square and watch the show for free!