Janelle Monae and Wondaland Close Out the Eephus Tour in Atlanta
All good things must come to an end in Wondaland. Janelle Monae and her Wondaland crew hit the last stop on the Eephus tour in their hometown of Atlanta on Monday (Aug. 31).
The group headed across the U.S. for seven free concerts sponsored by Toyota. Monae and her funkadelic team including Jidenna, Deep Cotton, Roman GianArthur and St. Beauty, ended their journey at the Tabernacle in ATL.
Andre 3000, Big Boi and T.I. were among the more than 2,500 people in the crowd. Eephus, which refers to a slow curveball, is a similar description to how the show progressed. It started off with up-and-comer GianArthur's cover of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy," and the Deep Cotton duo -- Chuck Lightning and Nate “Rocket” Wonder -- performed crowd favorites "Far Enough From Heaven" and "Let's Get Caught."
The Wondaland crew picked up speed as Jidenna came onstage in his signature three-piece suit to perform “Knickers” and “Long Live the Chief.” But afterwards, the fans explored sounds from the melodic duo St. Beauty (Alex Belle and Isis Valentino). They performed with GianArthur and covered country singer Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough.”
At the end of the show, the belle of the ball and the Wondaland leader Janelle moved into a performance of "Q.U.E.E.N. (sans Erykah Badu) and other high-energy hits including "Electric Lady" and "Tightrope." She went on to showcase her latest single "Yoga" and brought out her collaborator Jidenna.. The next big thing from Wondaland closed the show with his top 10 hit, "Classic Man."
But that wasn't it, as they did an encore performance of their protest song, "Hell You Talmbout." They chanted the names of fallen black men and women who've died by police officers and vigilantes.
Jidenna took heed by shouting “Say his name!” to be met with names like Trayvon Martin, Sean Bell, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray and Eric Garner.
Although this was the last free show, fans can still catch Janelle Monae and Wondaland. at the ONE Music Fest in Atlanta on Sept. 12.