Stromae w/ Janelle Monáe + Jidenna at MSG

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Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae sign at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.

Stromae is not a well known name in the United States. The lanky Belgian artist born Paul van Haver is however a strong enough performer to sell out Madison Square Garden as he did earlier this month. I took a few photos for the VIllage Voice that you can see at the link here but it is their review I want to share first. Sarah Grant wrote, “Stromae’s 2013 breakthrough album, Racine Carrée (English: “square root”), announces his passion for roots music and his polyglot background as a Belgian with Rwandan blood. The “square” part relates to his gawky yet lovable persona”. And I could see why he was lovable as his set was quirky, he sat at a table and drank wine at a couple points and he was a wild dancer throwing himself laterally across the stage. Many of his songs I was really into, as they sounded more powerful than they do on an album, but a few of them seemed to fall flat to me. One of the highlights was, “Stromae’s song to “turn up” to is contemplative and intense. “Papaoutai,” his monster hit, is a trompe-oreilles: a nonsense word that becomes a meaningful phrase. In this case, it means “Papa, where are you?” (ibid).

I really was excited to see Janelle Monáe open the show (I had missed her at least two other times in NYC this year) along with her Wondaland records friend Jidenna, the “Classic Man”, who I spotted enjoying Stromae’s set on the floor (but his friend with a cane wouldn’t allow me to get a photo unfortunately). Monáe is a real treat to photograph with her stark costumes and her vibrant antics, plus her music is great too. Shout out to her guitarist Kellindo Parker for being awesome and for sharing a photo of mine earlier. Someone found it and turned it into a sketch. Click through the jump to check out many more of my photos from the show or click this link to purchase Stromae’s work from Amazon!

Jidenna

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Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.
Jidenna Opening for Stromae on October 1st, 2015.

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Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Janelle Monáe opening for Stromae at Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.

 

Stromae

Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.
Stromae headlining Madison Square Garden on October 1st 2015.