Alicia Keys Apollo Theater for a one night only concert
Alicia Keys visited the stage at the famed Apollo Theater for a one-night-only concert on Thursday night (November 11), and Harlem was in for a treat. The 15-time Grammy Award winner put on a spectacular show as part of SiriusXM and Pandora’s Small Stage Series, bringing fans on a tour of her extensive discography.
Keys and an army of performers stormed the stage at 8:45 p.m. The dancers were dressed in tuxedos and gold feathery attire, just like the celebrity. Keys, dressed in a black, blue, and gold gown, enthralled the audience with a dramatic performance of “Empire State of Mind.”
Keys upped the pace by bringing out famed rap pair Jadakiss and Style P for a jazzy version of “We Gon Make It,” mesmerized by the crowd’s excitement. The Ruff Ryders duo arrived in style, wearing sunglasses and jackets, with Keys on the piano. “We’re going to transport tonight,” Keys vowed. “I’d like for you to be free.”
Keys accelerated the tempo by returning to her 2016 smash “In Common” later in the set. Keys and her live band delighted in the crowd’s excitement as she skated her way through the tropical tune, encouraging fans to rise up and dance. The R&B diva, who is also set to release her new album, Keys, on December 10, gave fans a taste of what’s to come. The double album will have both new original music and “unlocked” versions of previously released tracks. She sang piano-laden renditions of “Skydive,” “Is It Insane,” and “Only You” to get the fans warmed up.
Alicia Keys jumped off the keyboard and onto her MPC after each performance, where she flipped the production and added some hip-hop flavor for her ‘unlocked’ renditions. Keys resumed her humanitarian efforts by playing “Come For Me,” a new song she co-wrote with emerging R&B star Lucky Daye. Daye also played his new song “Over,” which he revealed was his first time performing at the Apollo.
While Keys loved hearing new songs, she also enjoyed reminiscing about old favorites like “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart,” “Girl On Fire,” and “No One.” The most unforgettable incident occurred during her performance of “Fallin’,” when two of her dancers scaled the theater curtains and demonstrated their aerial skills at the song’s crescendo.
Keys invited her youngest son Egypt to join her onstage for a performance of “If I Ain’t Got You” before wrapping up the show. Keys raced through the nostalgic classic with remarkable ease, leaving the crowd beyond happy with her 90-minute performance, which she dedicated to him and his brother, Genesis.
Before leaving the stage, she exclaimed, “There’s no place like home.” It comes as a shock to learn that Keys has ever felt insecure or unworthy. Her music pulsates with power and emancipation messages. Keys was unhappy, questioning her instincts and concerned about maintaining her success. Worse, she allowed others to prey on her fears in order to make her task more difficult. “I no longer belonged to myself” by 2006, she writes in her memoir. “Every request, every demand, every flash of anxiety that came with even the possibility of saying no had enslaved me.” She scheduled a solo trip to Egypt after falling down in her dressing room one night in New York.
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