Janelle Monae @ Skyla Credit Union Ampitheatre Charlotte, NC 10-2-23 

Janelle Monae @ Skyla Credit Union Ampitheatre Charlotte, NC 10-2-23 

This Monday evening, Monae brought her fantastic show to the Queen City, performing on The Age of Pleasure Tour at Skyla Credit Union Ampitheatre to a packed house full of enough energy to light up the Charlotte skyline.  Everyone was anticipating a glorious night of music, dance, and showmanship from this amazing artist and let me tell you that this show exceeded all our expectations. It was quite simply an amazing experience. 

The stage set was revealed with a grand staircase adorned with beautiful flowers at the bottom with platforms on each side for members of Monae’s band. Two of her horn players flanked each side of the staircase as smoke billowed out and each band member took their spot on the stage. The venue absolutely erupted as Monae made her appearance at the rear of the stage. She looked positively stunning as she simply radiated on stage dressed in a one-of-a-kind floral cloak, completing the look with matching boots and hat.  Monae dazzled as she opened the evening’s performance with “Float” off the latest record. She would make her way down the stairs,  accompanied by a bevy of dancers, cranking things up a notch, as they toasted us all with champagne glasses held high to “Champagne Shit.” The was part concert, part Broadway production, and part Vegas revue as we simply all took a moment to soak it in. 

Monae’s vocals were spot-on, sweet and saucy, and sexy and sultry depending on the song and her mood. The dancers were fantastic, synchronizing their moves along with Monae, adding to the drama and excitement of the production. The band was top-notch in every way from the horn section to the guitars as they led us through a memorable night of music. We had members of the audience brought up on stage to dance to “Paid in Pleasure” and we even had Monae making her way out into the audience during the final encore “Come Alive (The War of the Roses).” 

The Age of Pleasure Tour was a fantastic showcase for this talented artist and just happened to be one of my favorite shows of the summer. There are still a few dates left for you to experience the magic that is Janelle Monae. Don’t miss it. 


Set List:

Chapter I: A Thousand Versions of the Self


Champagne Shit

Black Sugar Beach




Chapter II: Now or Never

Django Jane


Electric Lady


Chapter III: (T)high Vibrations

Lipstick Lover

Water Slide

Know Better

Paid in Pleasure


Chapter IV: Paradise Found




Chapter V: Surfing on the Sun

Only Have Eyes 42

I Like That



Make Me Feel



Encore 2:

Come Alive (The War of the Roses)


We would like to thank Kim Shiver from Livenation for the credentials to review the show.