When: September 13th, 2008
Where: The Venue
Reviewed by: Neil Miller, Jr.
In 2008, there aren't many mainstream artists who have careers that are worth following. Sure, there's an infectious hit single here and there, but when it comes to an artist who has consistently been worthy of their success, Alicia Keys is one of the first to pop into my mind. Her first single, "Fallin'," was a surefire display of better things to come from a 20 year old R&B diva. Throughout the years since, there've been hit singles, countless awards (including 11 Grammy awards), and relentless touring. So seeing her on the stage of The Venue (name aside, this place is an amazing place to catch any show), it felt like an honor and a privilege to witness such a legendary artist.
She kicked off her set with 'Go Ahead,' the empowering opener from her new album, "As I Am". Judging from this song alone, she lives to for the stage - she headbanged, head twirled, and sassed her way across the stage as if she owned it.