Posted by paulrivas on:
Janet Jackson's in town. She played the Santa Barbara Bowl last night and will do so again tonight. If you go tonight, hopefully you'll get more than the hour of music we got last night.
The show was historic, and awesome, and the dancing was even awesomer, but the night ended just past 9:30, including numerous film and tv clips, and Janet didn't put on any of the 'badass outfits' that the Black women behind us were demanding. Instead, she went with a fly-mom-picking-her-kids-up-from-junior-high-in-the-nineties look, with white jean jacket, black tank, charcoal jeans and diamond skull belt buckle.
One of the dancers looked just like my sister's classmate Mollie Helmuth and every member of a prestigious east-coast women's college co-op. Or, as two nearby fans combined to say, like 'a perfectly normal white woman, but with a dykey vegan edge.'
Discerning fans concluded that the Janet show didn't even sniff the NKOTB show a couple years ago, but even skeptics like me could feel Michael's presence during Scream (pictured).