Lizzo played two nights at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago (pics, video)
From behind a pulpit of sorts, sporting a glittering, cropped choir robe, she belted out “Heaven Help Me,” surrounded by her Big Girl (as she lovingly monikered them) dancers. With a set list featuring songs from her 2016 “Coconut Oil” EP and latest album, including the emphatic “Worship Me” (blended with Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”) and cheeky celebrations of curviness “’Scuse Me” and “Tempo,” Lizzo stuck to the music that catapulted her to worldwide recognition. She left behind 2015′s rap-centered “Big Grrrl Small World,” a mere memory in the hearts and minds of those who’ve been following her career before the television appearances and ad campaigns.
“I’m overwhelmed,” she said, the cheering of thousands packed tightly together on the venue’s main floor, all but fully drowning out her voice. “It’s like a homecoming being back here. It’s about to be a big ol’ love fest.” The last time she visited Chicago was in May, playing the Riviera just down the street. The Aragon is twice its size. [Chicago Tribune]
Shortly after selling out two nights at Radio City Music Hall in NYC (and performing at the Bustle Rule Breakers Festival), Lizzo headed to Chicago for back-to-back nights at Aragon Ballroom over the weekend (9/28-9/29), a big upgrade from her May shows at Riviera Theatre. We caught Sunday’s show, and you can check out pictures, including some of opener Ari Lennox, in the gallery above. Video clips from both nights in Chicago are below.
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photos by James Richards IV