By Arielle Hixson, DC Music Live
Last Friday DCML’s own Arielle Hixson stopped by Yankee Stadium in New York to get a sneak peak of the Legends of Summer concert. On August 8, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake are expected to rock out the M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Here’s what the DMV has to look forward to: a performance of the season.
The concert in New York was in the middle of a heat wave. Fans were sweating, screaming and crying tears of joy while some of the top radio hits of the past decade boomed across Yankee stadium. Even in the middle of a relentless heat wave, a very loyal crowd never resisted the urge to belt out every song they knew.
Jay Z and JT were clearly not afraid to mix old hits with some of their new songs, meaning even the fan in the crowd who didn’t listen to the latest album could enjoy multiple performances throughout the night.
It started with a few millennial favorites from JT’s first album, like “Senorita” and “My Love.” JT’s sets had effortless transitions, with some of his own efforts at rapping Jay-Z’s lyrics to “Big Pimpin.” This moved to a big-band-fueled performance of Jay-Z rapping “99 Problems.”
The Legends of Summer concert in New York had a few gems, like when JT added a little “Vans will Make You Dance” line to the end of his performance of “Cry Me a River”. He ended his performance of “What Goes around Comes Around” with a rapping Jay-Z’s “Dirt off Your Shoulder.” Another effortless transition, planned by two artists casually jamming in an arena packed with 50,000 people.
Both Jay Z and JT proved, as artists, that they could change their style and mold some of their songs to appeal to a wide variety of music lovers. The girl who once adored NSYNC in middle school was rapping out every lyric of “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” The guy who bought every album of legendary rappers, like Nas, Tupac and Kanye West, was nodding his head while mouthing lyrics to JT’s heartfelt “Mirrors” song.
The night ended with a tribute to Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was killed last February, which started one of the most poignant race-based trials of the century. Jay Z and JT performed “Forever Young,” while the stadium lit up with cellphone lights swaying from side to side. “This is for Trayvon, so light up your cell phones New York!,” Jay Z yelled.
Of course, the evening wasn’t complete without the long awaited “Suit & Tie” performance. Once the memorable slow beat started, almost everyone in the audience jumped up, determined to dance and make the song feel 10 times more powerful than the played-out radio recording. Jay Z and JT strolled on stage carrying wine glasses while singing their radio hit…It definitely was.
Tickets for the concert in Baltimore are selling quickly, and people who witnessed the New York performance are claiming it was the concert of the summer. Check it out if you can, and let us know just how much you were grooving to the dynamic pop and R&B duo!
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