Words and Photos by Cathy Poulton
Pop Break Live: Mary J. Blige at The Borgata in Atlantic City
Multi-time Grammy winner and R&B legend Mary J. Blige performed at the Borgata Event Center on July 3rd.
She is touring in support of her recently released critically acclaimed album Strength of a Woman.
Ms. Blige had quite a week. She just headlined day two of the Essence Festival where she personally curated the stellar all-female lineup which included Chaka Khan and Jill Scott, among others. She also had the honor of headlining Philadelphia’s annual Welcome America Festival on the 4th of July. But on this night, in Atlantic City she was all ours.
Blige came out on stage rockin a fierce new hairstyle. She has never been shy in showing her fans her vulnerable side so she played a setlist that truly ran the gamut of emotions. Her songs are confessional by nature. She writes of her struggles, of empowerment and her highs and her lows.
She has always been a champion of women, so it was no surprise that this extremely vocal crowd showed her the love by pretty much singing along the entire night. Her set was a great mix of new and old but it was the show stopping version of “No More Drama”( in which she fell to the stage floor from exhaustion) that brought the house down. It was one of the most powerful performances I’ve ever seen.
It’s been twenty five years since her first album was released and after all this time she still can whip a crowd into a frenzy and her words, evident by the reviews she is getting for her new album, are as relevant as ever. The fans in A.C were treated to a truly memorable night!
I Can Love You
You Bring Me Joy
You Remind Me
Love No Limit (remix)
Share My World
I’m Going Down
Set Me Free
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
U + Me (Love Lesson)
Thick Of It
Not Gon’ Cry
No More Drama