Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
Thanks to The Recording Academy and GRAMMY U, I had the pleasure of attending – for free – the 50th GRAMMY Celebration Concert Tour at Chicago’s historic Vic Theatre this past Thursday night. The line up consisted of Colbie Caillat, Cat Power, and of course, John Legend.
I have never seen John live in concert before, and I will be honest, I have not heard much of his music besides his break-through hit – Ordinary People. But man was I impressed by his live show. I now am a huge fan, especially due to his piano chops! I play piano and have respect for any performer that can play and sing at the same time. John is AMAZING at playing the piano. He is the male version of Alicia Keys – my favorite female pianist/singer/songwriter next to Tori Amos.
I always had assumed that John Legend’s music was more religious than what it really is. I asked my friend who went to the show with me about it and she said he is considered to be in the R&B musical genre, with a gospel influence. She also informed me that his first album had more of a hip hop feel, with Kanye West producing three of its tracks. But his second album is definitely more R&B. Well, now I know.
I would gladly go see John Legend again the next time he plays Chicago. I have never been a huge hip hip or soul fan, and I really do not like Christian or gospel music, but John seems to mix all those genres of music together in the perfect blend. He is also pretty much the sexiest pianist I have ever seen! I would marry him in a heartbeat.
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