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Monday, August 25, 2008

Reader review 3: Fantasia @ the Civic Center

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Fantasia at the Atlanta Civic Center, Sat., Aug. 23

Submitted by Mimi Truitt

The Civic Center was filled with people dressed in their Sunday best to hear Fantasia Barrino wail. Miss Barrino bounced onto the stage dressed like an around-the-way girl with a sequined tank top, painted-on jeans and an asymetrical haircut.

She kicked her heels off and began screaming — I mean singing — some random tune. Don't get me wrong, Fantasia is certainly an engaging performer. She hops into the crowd and barely stays onstage throughout the show. Then she invites audience members onstage with her — including an old pimpish-type cat, dressed from head to toe in lime green.

Fantasia is definitely an old soul. When she talks to the audience, she reminds me of Patti Labelle or Tina Turner. She even had the crowd swaying cell phone lights from left to right as she belted out Prince's "Purple Rain."

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