Opening acts on tour sometimes suffer from the fact that crowds are visibly distracted during their sets, often times arriving late and chit-chatting with their friends as the artist tries to do their thing. This most certainly was NOT the case for last week’s show at the Beacon Theater here in New York City that featured Chrisette Michele and Keyshia Cole performing together. Both are fully capable of being headline performers, and the crowd definitely treated each artist as such when they performed together on Thursday night.
Chrisette took the stage first and proved to be a lovely spring vision with her white skinny jeans, white top and sky blue cropped-at-the-waist blazer. And those shoes. Those beautiful stiletto silver-glitter shoes. Her four-piece band and two backup singers created the perfect pocket for her vocals as she crooned “Ashton Martin Music”, “Your Fair Lady” and “Blame It On Me.” As the audience collectively bobbed our bodies to her amped up rendition of “Your Fair Lady,” a young lady in the row behind me (who I soon found out has a nice set of pipes of her own when she “accompanied” Keyshia on several songs) said, “She can sing!”
As the end of her half-hour set came to a close, Chrisette invited all the “grown and sexy” folks in the audience to “make some noise!!” as she introduced the first single off her upcoming album due out this summer, A Couple of Forevers. As she wrapped her set, the entire audience nodded in mutual appreciation of this talented artist whose creativity continues to evolve, impress, and gain her more and more fans.