September 5, 2019 |
With an uncanny ability to play the flute while twerking, wildly catchy beats and totally honest approach to body positivity, rapper-singer Lizzo is one extremely loud and long yaaaaaas.
Lizzo takes the stage inside the Jackie Gleason Theater at the Fillmore on September 11.
On September 11, a young woman from Minneapolis will take the stage at the Fillmore on Miami Beach, the same stage where Ed Sullivan filmed and Tony Bennett performed. She’ll have her silver Muramatsu flute (the kind you see in marching bands) on which she’ll play some melodies written by centuries-old Frenchmen. She’ll also be wearing full-body glittery Spandex, twerking and freestyle rapping. If you’re lucky enough to be in the audience, you’ll be gobsmacked. Because that is what this young lady aims to do: shock, delight and challenge preconceptions. Is this what a classical flutist looks like? Does classical flute have a place in hip-hop? Who is this woman? Her name is Lizzo. The singer/rapper, feminist icon and wind instrument master is shattering all kinds of stereotypes. Cuz I Love You, her first full-length album on Atlantic, came with a pledge to be “Aretha Franklin for the 2018 generation.” And her performance at the BETs earned a standing ovation from Rihanna. So come September 11, we suggest you plan on getting on your feet—if you aren’t already standing—as music history is once again made at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
Photography by Luke Giilford/Courtesy of Atlantic Records