Justin Timberlake Gives Fargo 20/20 Experience
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 09:02
Justin Timberlake effectively turned the Fargdome into something of a club for one solitary Friday night. Playing portions and occasionally whole numbers, of 17 out of 21 songs from parts one and two of “The 20/20 Experience,” Timberlake certainly covered his bases. He also played many of past hits, such as “My Love,” “SexyBack” and “Rock Your Body.”
Songs from both parts of “The 20/20 Experience” that were not part of the show include “Spaceship Coupe,” “You Got It On” and “Blue Ocean Floor.” His song “Amnesia” was not performed live for the audience but was played during the 10-minute intermission.
Throughout the show there were lights, cameras in the press pit and lots of action — he made the stage move. Those sitting in the VIP section in the middle of the Fargodome floor got to see Timberlake up close as he walked down off of the moving stage, with a few other members of his band, and into the raised sections of the bar. In essence, creating a second stage.
From this vantage point, the whole audience could see Timberlake with clarity. Those sitting way up in the “nose bleed” seats, and in the very back of the Fargodome, got a bargain. Timberlake managed to turn those seats into actually not bad seats, especially for the price.
Some of the, supposedly, not so great seats sold for just $59, while some of the VIP seats were rumored to go up to $1,500.
VIP seats for Timberlake’s Feb. 9 performance in the St. Paul Xcel Energy Center were selling for $1,250 for two seats, according to the ticket provider, vipnation. com.
Timberlake expertly combined music and show, proving that he is not just an artist; he is a performer. Throughout the performance, Timberlake was constantly dancing, showing off his footwork and entertaining the crowd. With his six backup dancers, he managed to sing and dance for two and a half hours. Talk about a workout.
Also entertaining the audience and providing a great atmosphere was the huge honeycomb-shaped screen behind and above the stage. Throughout the performance, the screen showed different images — some a bit more risqué than others — and created an atmosphere that complimented Timberlake’s entertaining style.
Images included live shots of Timberlake and his band, The Tennessee Kids, along with other abstract images that were mostly black and white, as well as a few naked women and outlines of bodies. The images seemed to be more artful and stylistic choices rather than erotic.
Beams of light also came out of the screen, and provided the audience with a light show. The whole performance was an entire sensory experience.
It seemed as though Timberlake was going for a new-age soul Big Band feel with the Tennessee Kids. The Tennessee Kids is a 16-piece band, the same number as a standard classical Big Band. Featured were four backup singers that came out from behind their fronts to dance with Timberlake, as well as some of the instrument-wielding Kids.
Tennessee Kids guitar player Elliott Ives came out to the front of the stage and got some limelight during “SexyBack.” Ives has a long relationship with Timberlake; his band FreeSol signed to Timberlake’s Tennman Records almost eight years ago.
Also interesting was the unexpected addition of the Kids’ member Kevin Williams playing flute and tuba.
Aside from the ten-minute intermission, Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids hardly paused their entertaining. Yes, Timberlake took a few short breaks to talk with the audience, but even then, he was in entertaining mode.
As for his thoughts on North Dakota, in the beginning of his performance Timberlake stated, “It’s cold as f---.” Well Mr. Timberlake, we hope you liked Fargo as much as it liked you.