M.I.A. Throws Dance Party in Chicago

Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

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M.I.A. is CRAZY y’all! In a good way, of course. Her show this past Friday night was not sold out, so if you missed it, it’s your own fault for not going to the party. I don’t feel sorry for you at all – I’m not taking any excuses! She was about a half an hour late to come on stage, which was annoying the heck out of the fans and the photographers in the pit – myself included. Her DJ, Chicago’s own Million $ Mano, spun for about 10-15 minutes before M.I.A. hit the stage. But in the end she proved how much she appreciates her fans by allowing plenty of time during her set for audience interaction.

MIA aragonAt one point, she brought up TONS of female fans (100+) to join her onstage for her song 10 Dollar, which is off her debut album – Arular. That track turned into a fan favorite, Boyz, from her latest album – Kala. Poor, poor security…they really had no idea what was about to happen. I watched as girls and more girls jumped the barricade and bombarded past the security guards to rush the stage and dance with M.I.A. I mean, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of the fans at this show. So I don’t blame them at all for wanting to be up on stage with one of their favorite artists. If I could dance (I have NO rhythm when it comes to moving my body), I would have been up there in a heartbeat.

My favorite song of the night was Paper Planes. I even recorded a video of that performance using my kick-ass camera with awesome audio AND visual quality. At one point near the end of her set, M.I.A. attempted to crowd surf. Her dedicated fans were totally ready to hold her up, but a security guard came over and yanked her back. So she basically just stood on the ledge of the barricade and leaned as far over into the crowd as she could to high five her fans. Hey, at least she made the effort to connect with her audience. If you get a chance in a city near you, go and check out M.I.A. I promise, you will not be bored one bit during her live performance. She is VERY entertaining.


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  1. Alli K says:

    great down to earth review. nice pictures! not a huge MIA fan but based on this i might check out a show…

  2. I wonder if anybody has filed a lawsuit against her for her website! It’s super crazy/flashy/colorful!

  3. Joe Bananas says:

    her glittery outfit was awesome. Maya seemed so happy to be playing.
    it would be so awesome if she brought those kids featured on the “Mango Pickle Down River” and played it.
    sweet pictures, post that Paper Planes video

  4. Ashley says:

    Sounds like an awesome concert – great pics!

  5. Amanda says:

    Great review! I wish I could have made it to this show, and based on your review I’m even more bummed I missed out. Next time MIA, next time..

  6. Alex says:

    I for one did not enjoy the show as a whole. I felt used. Like the reviewer says, she was about a hour and half late coming on stage. A first the lights went out, and her DJ spun for a while. At the end of his set, he tells us MIA is about to come on. No, she wasnt. The lights stay off mind you, so you feel she is about to come on at any moment. 30 mins later, she comes on. She sings for 45 mins, and goes off stage. The crowd of course wants a enchore so they yell and scream. Its really really loud. She still does not come back on. After about 20 mins, and the house lights coming on to boos, she comes back and sings for about 15 more minutes. Why mess wiht your fans this way. The applause before the enchore was unreal. Chants, stomping and other noise. Why make them wait for 20 minutes and turn the lights on?

    In all, I stood there sweating my ass off waiting for longer than she was on. An hour set?? Are you kidding me?? It was a very good show mind you, but again I feel used. If I am going to pay 30 dollars a ticket to see somebody play in a venue with bad sound, and bad ventillation, I would hope they play at least an hour and a half.

  7. Alex says:

    Edit: I paid near 50 a ticket. So not worth it.

    Side note: We saw 2 or 3 fights as well, which means there were some douchebags in the audience. Just an overall poor show with a shitty audience.

  8. Tim Whicker says:

    Although, she didn’t sell out the Aragon, i was still impressed by the attendence. The crowd was feeling it, and so was i. It was relatively short, but how much material does M.I.A. really have? Beside the delays, i had a really good time. Good pictures, too, Jennifer!

  9. Oronde says:

    Man, I’m upset I couldn’t go…

  10. rikki says:

    wow. looks like a fun time. wish I was there, thanks for keeping me updated!

    great picture!

  11. david b. says:

    hey jen great review again. great pics too of MIA. Too bad for the waiting but sounds like the rest was a kick-ass show! Sounds like a pretyy crazy time and review showed that like none other, so peace out sis and good writing

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