Janet Jackson brought her State Of The World concert tour to Rogers Arena in Vancouver this week. Vancouver has a special connection with Miss Jackson, being the rehearsal spot the All For You Tour, and starting arena for her Rock Witchu and Unbreakable Tours. An enthusiastic audience cheered the voice-over social commentary before the R&B legend made her appearance, followed by her troupe of dancers, to give us The Knowledge and State of the World to open the set.
From then on, it was two+ hours of hits, and memories, keeping most of the audience on their feet for the evening. Just as her albums have shown an evolution and provided Miss Jackson with a platform to make her own statement on the state of the world, this tour performance was broken into segments that reflected the divas decades long career. The new mom worked at a great clip powering through vocals and dancing mash-ups of her early hits including; Nasty, What Have You Done For Me Lately, Miss You Much, Alright, Control, Escapade, and more. A costume change brought some of her softer ballads, and some slight sound issues, before kicking it back up for a crowd pleasing That’s The Way Love Goes and other legendary 90s hits before another costume change wraps up the show with If and Rhythm Nation. Video vignettes showing career highlights as well as new imagery accented the stage set and served as a statement about the longevity of the Janet’s iconic career.
The encore and final costume change saw a casually sexy Janet, fitted white shirt and jeans, come out to engage with the audience, introducing her band and dancers then leaving the audience satisfied but wanting the good times to continue.
On a busy night at the nightclub, the audience was eagerly anticipating the return of up and coming dance diva Wynter Gordon. The former songwriter for other dance icons, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J Blige and Estelle took a step to the front of the mic when she released her own EP, “With The Music I Die”, last year. After a short three song teaser show last year at Anthem Party at Plaza Of Nations, there was an appetite for more Wynter music so Big Roger Events brought her back for another set at Glitter featuring DJ Adam Dreaddy. This time the artist brought 4 songs with her, however that wasn’t enough to satisfy the voracious audience looking for some great dance music and a fun time. While it’s hard to sing live in a nightclub without a monitor, Wynter got off to a shaky start as her vocals suffered from the noisy audience. She improved as she got used to the room and warmed up with some witty and teasing banter with the surrounding crowd. Singing her big hits, ‘Til Death” and “Buy My Love” to much enthusiasm and dancing, she interacted well with the audience as she next hosted an onstage dance contest for 5 eager and competitive participants, greatly entertaining the fans. When she ran out of tracks she attempted to sing along to a couple of remixes the DJ played for her but not knowing the tunes, she sang a bit and went out into the dance floor to get up close and personal with her people. Hopefully the next time we see Wynter Gordon, she’ll have a few more tracks to perform a full set and live band, to really see and hear what she is capable of on stage.