Silicon Valley Mercury News blogger Jim Harrington had this to say about the Friday, July 10, Beyonce Oakland California Oracle Arena show:
The 13-piece all-female band was roaring at full throttle. The nine dancers were moving through some crazy bump-and-grind routines. And the capacity crowd was up on its feet and singing along at full volume.
The colorful light show was on overdrive and the sound system was cranked so high that it was hard to hear one’s own thoughts. The swirl of activity onstage, as well as seemingly in every nook of the arena, was almost too much for the senses to fully absorb.
It was a moment of pure triumph, and one that would’ve served as a fitting encore. Yet, it was only the first song _ and Beyonce was just getting started.
In all, the 27-year-old R&B/pop star’s show at the Oracle Arena in Oakland _ part of her North American “I Am . . . Tour” _ was the finest pop music spectacle that local fans are likely to witness in 2009. Indeed, it was the best one to grace a Bay Area stage since the singer’s previous trek, “The Beyonce Experience,” touched down at the same venue back in 2007.
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Beyonce I Am...North America Tour Dates:
July 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
July 16 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
July 17 - Chicago, IL - United Center
July 18 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
July 23 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
July 30 - Las Vegas, NV- Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
July 31 - Las Vegas, NV- Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
August 1 - Las Vegas, NV - Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
August 2 - Las Vegas, NV - Encore Theatre, Wynn Las Vegas