Janelle Monáe

Performing Friday, May 24

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Janelle Monáe

Performing Friday, May 24

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Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and actor Janelle Monáe left her mark on 2010s R&B with an energized retro-futuristic sound wrapped in theatrical science fiction concepts. After she spent years grinding away in the Atlanta underground, Monáe capitalized on support from OutKast’s Big Boi and developed into one of the most dynamic artists of her time, fusing soul, funk, hip-hop, and new wave — among other genres — with a spirited approach that seemed to treat entertainment and art as indivisible. She and her fellow Wondaland associates likewise stressed singles as much as albums. “Tightrope” and “Django Jane” provided bold jolts, while The ArchAndroid (2010), The Electric Lady (2013), and Dirty Computer (2018), all complex full-lengths, elaborated upon themes of oppression, identity, and liberation as they related to race and sexuality