Sat 28 Aug – Anita Baker
There was terrible traffic on I-75 on the way to the theater. It eventually went down to one lane. Despite leaving around 6:40, I did not get to the theater until shortly after 8:00pm. It did not matter, though, because the show had not started. In fact, the show did not start until about an hour later at 9:07pm!
Supposedly, Anita was just giving more people the chance to get there before starting the show. This is why opening acts exist. I can understand if Anita Baker
wanted to keep the bulk of the money for herself, but she could have gotten a low budget, local to keep us entertained until she came out to sing. I would not have minded hearing some Monica Blaire
I fully understand the importance of the interaction between artist and audience. However, far too much time was spent by Anita Baker accepting flowers and gifts from the audience, trying to hype up the crowd, simply talking, and essentially pleading for applause and enthusiasm. If she had just come out singing her heart out, then the audience would have eaten it up and automatically given her the attention that she seemed to crave all night. Opening acts help with this as well by warming up the crowd for the main event.
Nevertheless, when Anita Baker was actually singing, she did a wonderful job. Her voice sounds the same, and that is a good thing. Plus, this woman has come a long way from the early years when all that she knew to do was stand and shake her leg a little while she sang. Long time fans should know what I mean ;-).Concert Rundown
The concert opened with Mystery
and Sweet Love
, followed by Been So Long
. After that, Anita Baker spent quite a bit of time accepted flowers and gifts. Then, she sang Happy Birthday to those celebrating their special day. During this time, a crowd participant also showed her a sign asking for a dance. She told her people to find him and that she would dance with him later.
Following that, she went on to sing Same Ole Love
, No One in the World
, to which she danced with the gentlemen from the audience, and Caught Up in the Rapture
Next, Anita took impromptu requests from the audience. This was a nice thing to see, as not too many artists do this. She even called the Metro Detroit crowd “special” and said that “this only happens at home.” She sang a verse, chorus, or combination thereof from Perfect Love Affair
, Talk to Me
, and Good Love
during this portion of the concert.
At that point, it was back to the planned set list where we were able to hear It’s Been You
, and Giving You The Best That I Got
It was around that time that she started talking about being short on time. For those of you who do not know, DTE Energy Music Theater and the surrounding area have a noise ordinance that pushes for concerts to be done by 11pm. She said that she had time for one more song and sang You Bring Me Joy
featuring Gerald Albright
who had been playing saxophone with the band all night–a nice treat for his fans.
She left the stage and people began to leave. You never leave until the house lights come on in the theater. Anita came back out and sang Fairy Tales
. There were still a couple of minutes left after that, so she did a bit of Angel
, eventually going over time. I just hope that she does not get too big of a fine and fees for going over by a few minutes. If she had have started on time, though, it may not have been an issue.