Rock-inspired singer (and songwriter) Janelle Monae took the stage at the 2009 Voodoo Experience Friday (Oct 30) at City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Janelle Monae was next up on the Voodoo Stage and quickly won over the crowd with her infectious rock-flavored soul. Dancing her ass off like a female James Brown, she also found time to slow it down for a vocal showcase of “Smile.” Just like at Bonnaroo, Monae finger painted a portrait of a woman’s posterior before launching it into the crowd.

And rapper Eminem performed as the headliner of the live show and closed out Friday’s concert.

The highlight for many of the thousands in attendance was the headliner of Eminem who performed for roughly an hour and 15 minutes as he made his return to the stage after a five-year hiatus. He hit the stage to “3. A.M.” “Hey New Orleans, I’m back. Did you miss me?” Eminem asked the crowd. After a huge applause – “I missed you, too.”

His set mashed up a number of his hits as he quickly went from one song into another in a sort of medley. “We Made You,” “The Real Slim Shady,” “Stan,” “Kill You” and “Toy Soldiers” were big sing-alongs, as was his encore of “Lose Yourself.”

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