Erykah Badu was the headlining act at a show at Atlanta’s Chastain Park Amphitheatre last night. And at Chastain, they don’t have much patience for tardy acts. The power was turned off before she finished her set.
The controversial singer was nowhere to be heard at 9 p.m. Saturday. Her opening act had finished nearly an hour before Miss Badu’s band began without her. Tracy Brown at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Atlanta Music Scene blog writes:
… the only sign of Badu was a few members of her band tipping on stage to begin a smooth instrumental groove without her. Five minutes later, at 10 minutes till 10, the sold-out crowd got their first glimpse of Badu with her blonde mohawk fashioned hairdo.
For the next hour and 10 minutes, she put on show that was smoldering with funk, slick groves, and good old-school reminiscing. Just as she was about to put the show in high gear, the sound was gone. A startled Badu started checking her mic, before realizing she had been cut off for the night. It was after all 11:01 p.m. Fans started to boo as Badu took her final bow and exited the stage.