Written by Jessica Flores, Treasurer
Erykah Badu gave her fans an experience that took them back to the late 90’s-early 2000’s on August 30, 2015. She performed songs such as “On and On” from Baduizm, “Love of my Life” from Worldwide Underground, and “Tyrone” from her Live album. “20 Feet Tall” from New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh was one of her most recent songs that she performed.
As the concert began, Erykah asked the audience who was experiencing a Badu concert for their first time. Half of the crowd were first-timers. She made it clear that she wanted to “school” the youngsters in the crowd with her music, hence the reason she performed her older songs.
Badu paused mid-way during one of her most popular songs, “Tyrone,” to tell the crowd to get up. She was in San Francisco the night before and said the crowd went crazy, hanging off the roof, singing to “Tyrone.” She jokingly said this song is one that everyone knows–black people, white people, Asians, Hispanics, everyone.
The crowd loosened up and began singing along: “I think you better call Tyrone.”
Erykah ended each song with a pose she made up that night. She would stand still, reach her arms up to her left side in a diagonal pose–leaving her right arm closer to her chest than the left–and look up toward her left arm. The crowd began to mimic her pose and took several pictures during the process.
Erykah’s neo-soul and humorous vibes channeled throughout the Hollywood Bowl making the crowd sing along, dance, and enjoy a very Badu night.