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Erykah Badu, Red Hat Amphitheater – Hopscotch Music Festival

Yes, Erykah Badu took the stage more than two hours late but many at Red Hat Amphitheater had never seen her live before, and, like me, didn’t mind the wait. An extended set from fellow Texan Gary Clark Jr., followed by an adept DJ and introductory mini set from Badu’s band had everyone in a good mood

Long-time fans wanting to hear tracks from her Grammy-winning 1997 debut, Baduizm, got a lot. On and On was the second song of the evening, after a mystical entrance.

She played drum sample pads, dedicated Time’s a Wastin to Tyler, the Creator and and her vocals were strong. 9th Wonder even joined her on stage. If only commercial Triangle stations would play New Amerykah Part One (4th World War).

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Blog Post courtesy of  Tess Magnum Ocana “I make concerts, festivals and cultural events happen. I like fresh peaches”
Assistant to the Executive Director at Durham Central Park
Leadership Team for Art of Cool Festival
Photos courtesy of Ronald Parker at Artije photography and Garland Hancock of GLloyd photography

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