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Chicago Concert Review: Mary J. Blige serenades Chicago Theater

October 25, 2010
On Sunday, Oct. 17, the Chicago Theater was taken over with some of the finest examples of true R&B.

Mary J. Blige brought her "Music Saved My Life Tour" into town with supporting acts Jazmine Sullivan and Miguel. It was a night dedicated to pure emotion and soul. The crowd was vocal the entire night as the anticipation for Mary's arrival grew.

In his short set, Miguel not only impressed the crowd with his showmanship, but also displayed some tight vocals confirming his singing ability.

Still a fairly unknown artist, Miguel successful proved to the crowd why he was chosen as an opening act.

His vocal performance during "Sure Thing" won the crowd over. Showing off some of his guitar skills, Miguel ended the set with his chart-climbing song "All I Want Is You" as the crowd swayed to the steady bass line.

Entering the stage to the theme music from "The Godfather," Jazmine Sullivan burst forth with the attitude of a mobster leading into her hit song "Bust Your Windows." Moving on to her next single "10 Seconds," Sullivan set the tone for her 30 minute set, which consisted of both new and old songs. Vocally Sullivan sounded identical to the studio versions of her song, and her interaction with the audience was consistent.

With only one album under her belt, Sullivan showed that she could command the stage with just as much power as she pipes. Her performance only added fuel to the fire, with the crowd becoming louder as it patiently waited.

After seeing Mary J. Blige live, it's clear to see how she earned the "Queen of R&B" title. Entering the stage epically with smoke blasting from the floor, Blige walked along the stage waving and blowing kisses to the crowd before she jumped right into her hit "MVP," a remix of The Game's song, "Hate It Or Love It."

It was interesting to see her change into performance mode before your eyes. She literally went from a timid graceful woman to an assertive attitude-filled entertainer. From old hits to new, Blige commanded the stage, pleasing the fans that love her.

Never have I seen such a venue this alive. The entire crowd was on its feet singing every word. This is a true testament of Blige's star power. The ability to not only command the stage, but all the people in a sold-out venue is no easy task. Blige did it with ease, making it look easy.

With Blige beginning to record her seventh album, it will be no time until she's back again making the crowd go wild.

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