Photos by AngieStar Photo
Day two at the Taste of Chicago brought in warm, sunny weather, and new wave of more people to enjoy the fest. Aside from all the food, Grammy Award-winner Erykah Badu set the tone for the evening as the night’s headliner to a sold out show, and it was amazing.
Opening the night was Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, who brought the crowd to their feet in true New Orleans jazz fashion. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his long time band, Orleans Avenue, brought a charismatic and relentless drive to continually bridge music’s past and future to the stage, including new tracks from their third album, Say That To Say This, out September 10. Co-produced by Andrews and Raphael Saadiq, it truly sounded like nothing else out there, as Andrews, guitarist Pete Murano, bassist Mike Ballard and drummer Joey Peebles stride forward in their unique musical evolution. In a smooth transition, Erykah Badu came to stage with an instrumental rendition of “The Healer”, easing into “Out My Mind, Just In Time”. Badu continued on with so many of her most classic songs, along with live beat making, and an often witty commentary in between tracks. Ending the night with “Window Seat” at dusk brought the night to close gently and ever so entertainingly.
If you missed the show, and Badu’s signature unique attire, check out some photos here: