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Melanie Martinez Opens Portals in the Sky(la)

Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre; June 24, 2023

Melanie Martinez wearing facial prosthetics to make her into her animal like crybaby character.
Melanie Martinez performs at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 24. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Over the past 15+ years, I’ve been to more than 900 concerts and seen more than 1,500 bands perform. Saturday night was the first time I’ve heard an artist ask how many ladies in the audience were on their period. Melanie Martinez, after all, isn’t your average artist.

The 28-year-old who first rose to fame on the TV show The Voice was in Charlotte as part of her Portals tour in support of her new album of the same name. However, if you were in the sold-out crowd and hoping to hear any music from any other album, you might have left disappointed.

Melanie Martinez wearing facial prosthetics to make her into her animal like crybaby character.
Melanie Martinez performs at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 24. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Martinez, who is performing as a reborn “Crybaby” character complete with prosthetics including four eyes and somewhat alien hands, performed her new album from start to finish; all 16 songs from the deluxe edition — no more and no less. Asking about the audience’s menstrual cycle was about the only time she addressed the crowd during her 75-minute set.

It all provided for a unique performance. Mushrooms lit up the sides of the stage while the backdrop added to the fairy mystique. While fans screamed and sang along to every word, I can’t help but think there were some in the crowd who left disappointed that older material wasn’t included. Then again, all of those hardcore Martinez fans likely knew exactly what to expect.

Melanie Martinez wearing facial prosthetics to make her into her animal like crybaby character.
Melanie Martinez performs at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 24. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Melanie Martinez setlist
Death
Void
Tunnel Vision
Fairie Soiree
Light Shower
Spider Web
Leeches
Battle of the Larynx
The Contortionist
Moon Cycle
Nymphology
Evil
Womb

Encore
Powder
Pluto
Milk of the Siren

Melanie Martinez wearing facial prosthetics to make her into her animal like crybaby character.
Melanie Martinez performs at Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 24. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

Be sure to check out Queen City Nerve’s Soundwave, Charlotte’s most comprehensive live music listing, so you don’t miss out on any shows or concerts coming up. And hell, if you’re looking for something else to do, you can check out our events page as well, which runs the gamut of things to do in Charlotte. You don’t ever have to be bored again. You can check out more of Jeff’s pics and live reviews here.


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