Thousands of women flocked to the Verizon Center (601 F Street NW) last night, dressed in their best, to see Mary J. Blige and Maxwell on their “King and Queen of Hearts” D.C. tour stop.
Mary hit the stage first kicking the night off with some of her biggest hits like “Just Fine,” “I Can Love You,” “Share My World,” and a number of uptempo hits.
The audience stood the entire time and chanted “Go Mary!” as she did her famous two-step all across the stage — in thigh-high boots — in a way that only Mary can.
Later in her performance, she slowed it down to perform her famous heartbreak ballots like “I’m Going Down,” “No More Drama” and “Not Gon’ Cry” to name a few.
In the middle of her “No More Drama” performance, Mary paused to speak on her impending divorce with her estranged husband.
“What’s real is I’m going through some real heavy shit,” the singer told the audience with her voice cracking. “Real heavy.”
She bowed her head a bit with her blue fedora hat cocked to the side and continued belting out her hits as the audience cheered in support.
Maxwell closed the show with very low energy compared to Mary. Still, the audience enjoyed his rendition of Prince songs and “This Woman’s Work” in which he payed homage to “Black Lives Matter” with video clips of young black men and women, who have died throughout the pass few years.
All in all it was a beautiful show that captured my heart indeed.