#NAENAEONTHESCENE: SZA TAKES CTRL IN INDY
Its your girl NaeNae with #NaeNaeOnTheScene. Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. You girl sure did. Actually, I had an amazing weekend cause on Friday my girl crush; SZA was here in Indianapolis at the Old National Centre for her sold out CTRL tour. A friend of mines put onto her music about a few years ago. When I heard the song, ‘Advil’ off her See Sza Run EP, I instantly became a fan. ‘Sobriety’, ‘Teen Spirit’, ‘Child’s Play’, ‘Babylon’ are just some of my other favorites from her earlier projects. But it wasn’t until her debut album, CTRL, when the rest of the world began to take notice of this amazing singer-songwriter.
SZA had taken CTRL over the world. Pun intended LOL. With this album, she had some old and new fans reminiscing over past loves, accepting personal truths about our own self, pretty much she taps into the emotions/struggles we deal with in love and life. It was gritty and real. I was so here for it.
So when the announcement of the tour was posted and I saw she was coming to Indianapolis you know your girl was going be up in there. I would have traveled to the surrounding states if my city weren’t on the list. I was going to make sure I saw her live in person.
The show started with the DJ getting the crowd warmed up before the two opening acts hit the stage. The first was an artist out of Chicago by the name, Ravyn Lenae. I wasn’t familiar with her but I did like her performance. I definitely will be checking out more of her music. The second performer was Smino from St. Louis. I took notice of him earlier this year with his hit song, ‘Anita’. Both Ravyn Lenae and Smino did they thing on the stage so I’m looking to seeing a lot more from them in the future.
Lights go out and the curtain opens with the letters CTRL lite up and we hear the voice of SZA’s grandmother saying; ‘That is my greatest fear…That if, if I lost control..Or did not have control, things would just, you know…I would be…fatal’. The crowd goes nuts as Ms. 5x Grammy Nominated correction Grammy Winner(yes, I said it) Solána aka SZA enters the stage singing ‘Supermodel’.
Even though, she mentioned being a little under the weather you couldn’t tell cause from the moment she hit the stage, her energy and spirit radiated through the entire show without missing a beat. She feed off our energy as we feed off hers. The city showed up filled with different races and age ranges singing along to every song. When she did ‘Love Galore‘ she hit us with a little remix had us turning up. But the crowd really erupted when she asked what today was. Cause we all knew what song she was about to perform next. What some people consider to be the ‘side chick anthem’, I beg to differ what the song is really about but I will break down my thoughts at another time. The crowd sang word for word with SZA to ‘The Weekend’. Side note: I’m patiently waiting for any day now for the video drop especially since I heard Solange directed it. Solána and Solange I know this video about to super lit. Maybe SZA would bless us with the video on Christmas. LOL. Wishful thinking.
Besides performing songs from the CTRL album, SZA blessed her old fans with a couple songs from her Z EP. That jump/kick she did during ‘HiiiJack’ had the crowd going wild. During this sold out concert, a few people fainted due to overheating cause it was hot in the venue. SZA’s kind soul would check to make sure the ones that have fainted were ok.
She ended the show with performing the song, ‘20 Something’. For a lot of the concertgoers, after that song it was the end of seeing SZA but for almost 200 of us our time wasn’t over. We got to briefly meet with her and get picture with her. I was nervous as hell meeting her. I couldn’t believe I was meeting what I consider to be my BFF in head(LOL) in person. What an amazing way to end 2017. I’m claiming this now, this won’t be the last time I will see SZA in person. Next time, it will be on grander scale.
Until next time, its your girl NaeNae as always bringing you #NaeNaeOnTheScene with Straight Official.
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In the heart of Indianapolis, Indiana, NaeNae can be seen around town capturing footage at local events and interviewing artists. She also owns a multimedia company, Chasing My Dreamz (animation, graphic design, photography, videography). Every Monday at 10am you can hear NaeNae on the 5 Rounds podcast, where she is also the content producer of the show.