JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2014 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Janelle Monae at Rochester International Jazz Festival

The ushers who took our tickets at Kodak Hall asked, "Are you sure you want to go in there?" People were already out of their seats and in the aisles. Those that weren't were swaying with their arms in the air. Prince sang on Janelle Monae's "Electric Lady" single and she got her start with Outkast but all we knew about her was her cover of David Bowie's "Heroes." No backing tracks, just bass, drums, congas, keyboards, guitar, two horn players and a couple of back-up singers who looked like they stepped out of a Ronettes video. This was old fashioned dance/pop/funk with JB and Michael in the mix.

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