Furtado gets friendly
By Mauro Alvarez
Daily Cougar Staff
Canadian pop star Nelly Furtado's performance
at the Verizon Wireless Theater revealed to Houston a different side of
pop — a side that
doesn't depend on choreography or singing
along with a soundtrack.
Furtado's style of music included a live
band playing pop with a Portuguese hip on it that caused the crowd to shake
their own during her set
of 12 songs.
Photo courtesy of DreamWorks
Nelly Furtado gave a warm
performance for Wednesday's Verizon Wireless Theater audience.
After two openers, the crowd got what
it wanted, as Furtado made her entrance. She opened with "Baby Girl" and
followed with "I Will Make
As she paused between sets, the guys in
the crowd forgot about their dates and yells of "I love you, Nelly!" echoed
throughout the venue.
"I love you, too!" she yelled back. (What
a crowd-pleaser, eh?)
"Party" preceded Furtado's version of Missy
Elliot's "Get Your Freak On." And after bringing a stool to the front of
the stage, Furtado surprised
her audience by pulling out a six-string
that she wailed on for a few tunes.
"What's Going On?" and "Hey Man" were her
guitar-accompanied songs on the set list. She eventually sang the crowd
favorite "I'm Like a
Bird" as the Verizon Wireless Theater
audience helped her out with the song's lyrics.
After singing "Legend" and the Portuguese
lyric-laden "Scared of You," Furtado introduced a new song from her next
album called "I Feel Ya."
After leaving the stage, Furtado returned
for her first encore dressed in gear reminiscent of rap group Public Enemy's
Flava Flav (sans gold
teeth). With this, she led the crowd in
a 1980s rap and pop tribute that included songs like Kriss Kross' "Jump"
and "Push It" by Salt and
"Y'all probably know this one, Houston,"
she said as she segued into "Turn off the Lights." After leaving the stage
again, Furtado returned for
her second encore, ending the show with
"On the Radio."
Furtado's performance showed that she truly
appreciates her fans. For the fans up front, she got down to their level;
during "On the Radio,"
she let the fans have the mike and sing
with her. Also during the show, she threw on a homemade shirt someone gave
The Verizon Wireless Theater crowd put
on its dancing shoes for this one, too. Houston may be the fattest city
in the United States, but for an
hour and a half of Furtado, people stood
and cut a rug.
Opening the show was Citizen Cope, whose
sound can be compared to Staind's "Outside," but unplugged. Cope, as he
finished his set off with songs called
"Contact" and "Salvation."
After Citizen Cope, a female rapper from
Philadelphia, Miss Jay, came out to perform. She did her own freestyle
to Bubba Sparxxx' "Ugly."