Chris Brown put on a “Sensational” performance at the CFG Bank Arena

Anytime that Chris Brown stops into town, you already know that it’s going to be a major ordeal. #TeamBreezy does not play about their fave, at all! That sentiment couldn’t have been any more prevalent than last Sunday, when the sold out 11:11 Tour stopped at the CFG Bank Arena. It would be his first time returning to the arena since 2019’s “INDIGOAT Tour“, and as we can see, the support for this young R&B icon has not wavered.

The doors opened at 7 PM with lines already forming making sure not to miss anything for the 7:30 start time. While fans made their way onto the main concourse to check out the tour merch, DJ Fresh acted as the MC for the night getting the crowd warmed with dance contests to some of your favorite throwback 2000’s songs.

The first act to take the stage was a relative newcomer to the music industry by the name of Maeta, an alternative R&B singer-songwriter born in Indianapolis who now resides in Los Angeles. Discovered through social media, Maeta draws inspiration from her upbringing as well as artists like Beyonce and Rihanna who have transcended genres.

Walking out on stage dressed like the lady in red, her aura was immediately captivating, although I’ll be the first to admit that I was relatively unfamiliar with her before this moment…or so I thought. With just her and two background vocalists, Maeta gave an impressive performance that encompassed an awesome angelic voice with smooth riffs and soulful vocals that reminded me of R&B music from back in the day.

Covering songs such as Bey’s “1+1” and Silk Sonic’s “Leave The Door Open” allowed me to see the true range of her talent and vocal ability, but don’t get it twisted, she let it be known that she was more than a glorified cover artist. Her original content actually comes with some depth, for instance both her songs “Bitch Don’t Be Mad” and “Control Freak” essentially chronicles dealing with and leaving the reigns of a narcissist.

To close out her set, she made the conscious decision to drop “Through The Night” as her last song. This is a track that has been getting constant rotation on UAC on radio stations all across the country, and was the song that made me realize that I actually DID know who she was, because it’s a tune that I find myself getting lost in every time it comes on because it’s just so organically good.

There wasn’t much of a turnover time between acts before the lights went back out again, and that could only mean one thing! An animated countdown clock accompanied by a montage of Chris’ music videos flashed on the screen, counting down to 1 before an intro video played with an AI generated Michael Jackson voice that described five different elements, fire, water, air, earth and the fifth element being Breezy. As the LED screens parted, there stood a silhouette of Chris with a beam of light shining between his legs and out into the audience and he began singing the first few lines of “Angel Numbers / Ten Toes.

Sixteen dancers joined him on stage for tightly intricate choreography to “Run Away” and “That’s On You“, which were both lifted from his latest album “11:11.” From that point on, it was 100% the Chris Brown show, and you know exactly what I mean by that. With almost having 20 years under his belt in the music industry, there’s absolutely no denying that this brotha is one of the most talented performers in the business, with a knack for entertaining that can mainly be rivaled by “the greats.”

The concert was split up into four different acts, all themed after one of the elements (fire, water, air, and earth), with each act evenly distributing old and new music from his catalog, and DOES HE have an extensive back catalog of music! Act II was the water section, and was almost entirely performed under blue lights beginning with “Bruce Leeand “Liquor” before being hoisted in the air along with two dancers for “Wrist“, which would be performed as they flew overtop the arena floor and onto the B stage.

Allowing himself to get closer to his female fans who were losing their minds at this point, he decided to get a little sexy on ’em with a few of his more seductive songs “Take You Down, “IDGAF,” and “Wet The Bed” gyrating and grinding on a circular hydraulic stage situated in the back of the arena. Act III for air featured all white clothing and songs that were more light hearted. “She Ain’t You,” “Press Me,” “Strip,” and fan favorite “No Air” all were allowed a moment to breathe during this section.

Personally, Act IV was my favorite because “HMMM,” “Call Me Everyday,” and “Sensational” have been the songs that have been getting more repeats from me as of lately. Even though we were at a concert, we had a chance to be part of a game. There’s a portion in the show where a list of his songs is displayed on the video wall, and a randomizer had to pick three for him to perform to. “Run It,” “Deuces,” and “No BS” were our pick of the draw.

For this to have been a tour that had been put together by Breezy’s small team, and no media support or sponsors involved, you could tell that this was a TRUE labor of love to his fans. It was clearly evident that his loyal legion of fans not only felt the love, but return it tenfold by continuously selling out ever stop of the trek.

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