Beehive fan, regular fan or just a plain ole’ music lover, one thing Beyoncé will always lead in and be the best at are live shows. She knows how to bring a show to life, and definitely the best live performer today. Momentum, hype, and all the build-up to one main event Beyoncé; as with the rest of her fans can say, they left fulfilled. Being a Coachella fan, there was no getting past the ‘Watch Live videos.’ The introduction of Ms headliner herself, whose face you couldn’t see not until after one girl beat the drum, fiercely looked into the camera and indirectly told viewers to get ready for a showdown. Rather, fans were not ready for what was about to go down. As the dancers and marching band members fade away we see the Queen Bee, in an Egyptian inspired outfit headpiece included and she indeed, looked like a Queen.
Her entrance began with her solo debut; Crazy In Love. With all the pomp & pageantry, her segment felt like a concert in itself. The horns and bass instruments playing in the background, her message at intervals and message overall in terms of the hierarchy of Black women was touching. As with an atmosphere of excellence and history being made (Beyonce is the first black woman to headline Coachella), an array of Black culture and pride, as alumni from HBCUs stood center stage. It’s fair to assume that the theme of the show was not unintentional and anything in-between was well thought out. She might just have an appreciation for such institutions, but one thing you can’t take from her, is she uses her platform to do more than just sing. No-one is alienated, she sings and there’s power, she performs and she’s effective. You don’t have to be a die-hard fan to be moved when she’s on stage. The 10/15 minute segments I watched were okay, but it didn’t do enough justice. After seeing her full Coachella performance (lasting up to hours), the excitement I felt missing from music was back.
There are few performers who have the ability to hold your attention, Beyoncé is definitely one of them. Look away or leave the room, you just might miss something.
Her transitions into each song, the musical production, dancers and marching band were all concerts in itself. From Crazy in Love, to paying homage (down south) with Juvenile’s ‘Back That Azz Up’ followed by the anthem ‘Freedom,’ she then took us to church with ‘Lift Every Voice’ by Melinda Doolittle. The Caribbean influences came through with Dawn Penn’s ‘No No No‘, also representing Africa with ‘Zombie’ by Fela Kuti. She slayed ‘Formation’ followed by ‘Sorry,’ but her entire show was unapologetic.
Coachella has been on my to do list as one of those annual events to attend, and I’m kicking myself I didn’t get to see her but boy did she leave an impression. Being a 90s baby means a lot of things; one being a slightly musical snob, so I’m not trying to hear yet another artist being forced on me, you know. There’s the music scene then, vs music now…Totally unmatched. I’ll bop my head and dance to a good beat, but artists wise, a few actually penetrate. It’s that deep. Destiny’s Child is where it all began for Queen B, and my real engagement with R&B albums-from a female group, yes. Mrs Carter is thee best live performer today. It was nice to go back in the archives and watch some of her performances as if I needed reminding! She is from that beloved era after all…;) #Beychella #Coachella the rest is Formation.