Grace Jones: Unleashing a Torrent of Glamour and Music at Outloud Festival Review+Photos: Grace Jones at Outloud for WEHO Pride 6/3/23
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA- The Outloud Festival, a beacon of pride, inclusivity, and spectacular music, hit its zenith with the enigmatic performance of Grace Jones. The indefinable icon, a fusion of unparalleled musical talent and fierce modelling prowess, took the stage as only she could, with a repertoire of timeless hits and eclectic covers.
Her set included the fierce “This Is” with Jones immediately establishing her dominion over the stage. Her unique blend of reggae-infused new wave reverberated through the excited crowd. With her signature androgynous vocals piercing the festival air she also performed “Pull Up the Bumper” and “My Jamaican Guy”. Not one to be confined by her own discography, Jones went on to deliver entrancing covers of Iggy Pop’s “Nightclubbing”, Pretenders’ “Private Life”, and Roxy Music’s “Love Is The Drug”, each rendition imbued with her distinctive style.
Interwoven through her musical escapade were awe-inspiring costume changes, showcasing Jones’s formidably legendary modelling skills. Between the beat of each song, the audience was privy to a riveting fashion show, as she transformed from one extravagant outfit to another, leaving the crowd perpetually on the edge of their seats.
Grace Jones’ legacy as a musical and fashion icon is indisputable, but perhaps her most significant impact has been on the LGBTQ+ community. With her androgynous image, gender-bending fashion, and fiercely independent spirit, Jones has been an important figure for many in the community. She has continuously defied societal norms and expectations, embodying the spirit of individuality and self-expression. Her performance at Outloud was a testament to this, as she radiated confidence and freedom on stage.
As she delivered a mesmerising rendition of “Amazing Grace”, the crowd swayed, united by the poignant, uplifting lyrics. Jones ended her set on a high note with the hypnotic “Slave To The Rhythm”, leaving the audience in a state of euphoria. Her performance was a resounding celebration of her unique influence in music, fashion, and within the LGBTQ+ community.
From the first beats of “Nightclubbing” to the final notes of “Slave To The Rhythm”, Grace Jones was nothing short of hypnotic. Her concert was not just a show, but an immersive experience of music, fashion, and unapologetic self-expression, a testament to her enduring influence on pop culture and her status as a true icon in the LGBTQ+ community.