Beyonce is on the short list of artists whose every release is hailed as a Major Cultural Moment. Her output is dissected and debated, even though she’s never pretended to be anything more than a pop star, albeit an incredibly talented and charismatic one.
Though she grew up in Houston, she traces her family roots to rural Louisiana. And she’s not been shy about drawing inspiration — both audio and visual — from the state.
From the bounce beat of “Get Me Bodied” to the submerged New Orleans police car in her “Formation” video — not to mention cameos in the song itself from locals Big Freedia and the late Messy Mya — she has tapped into New Orleans culture. At this year's MTV Video Music Awards, she dedicated her Video of the Year award for "Formation" to "the people of New Orleans."
Within hours of the Feb. 6 release of Beyoncé’s “Formation” video, The New York Times had co…
When the initial dates for her Formation World Tour were announced, New Orleans was not on the itinerary. The city was added in a subsequent round of dates. The show comes to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday; tickets are still available, ranging in price from $45 to $255, plus service charges.
She’s no stranger to the city, especially since sister Solange moved to town. The siblings hosted a party in the French Quarter for their mother. Beyonce and husband Jay-Z joined in the second-line march following Solange’s wedding at the Marigny Opera House. And she's sampled the wares of at least two local establishments that specialize in po-boys.
Bey co-headlined the Superdome in 2014 with Jay-Z, lit up the Dome in 2013 during the Super Bowl halftime show — she wasn't responsible for the third-quarter power outage, but might as well have been, given the wattage of her show — and has made multiple appearances at the Essence Festival over the years.
Shows often include such solo hits as "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," "Crazy in Love," "Irreplacable," "Countdown," a sampling of her Destiny's Child hits, fierce choreography, costume changes and elaborate staging.
The countdown is on for her return this weekend via the Formation World Tour. Not counting the three-night Essence Festival aside, this will be the second stand-alone concert, following Guns ‘N Roses in July, hosted by the Dome this year.
Thus, the Superdome staff has a busy weekend ahead. After Beyonce’s massive stage set is dismantled and removed — probably in the wee hours of Sunday morning — the building must be converted back to a football stadium for Monday night’s nationally broadcast game between the Saints and the Atlanta Falcons.
In a bit of tour routing serendipity, Beyonce will perform Monday night in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome — the Falcons’ home stadium — as the Falcons play in the Superdome, the building that is essentially Beyonce’s home stadium.
Note: The Superdome released the following logistical information about parking, times, prohibited items and other details for the Beyonce concert:
On-site parking is available for $20 per vehicle, cash only. All parking will open at 4 p.m., with the exception of Garages 1A and 2A, which will open at 4:30 p.m., and Garage 2, which will open at 3 p.m. for VIP Reception Patrons.
Once all available on-site parking spaces are filled, patrons approaching by car will be directed away from the Superdome to find parking in garages and lots near the stadium. Access to the Superdome via the Superdome/Claiborne Ave. exit off U.S. 90 (Pontchartrain Expressway) will be closed when available spaces are filled. (All other exits off U.S. 90 and I-10 will remain open.)
All gates to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will open at 5:30 p.m., with the SE Exterior Escalator doors opening for VIP Reception Patrons at 4:30 p.m.
Entrances being utilized for this concert include Mercedes-Benz Superdome Plaza Gates A, B, C, D, G and H for all patrons, Gate A Ground for Suite and ADA patrons, and the SE Exterior Escalator for VIP Reception Patrons.
The camera policy for this event prohibits professional cameras with lenses longer than 3”, GoPros, tablets/iPads, video cameras, recording devices and Selfie Sticks.
Additionally, all bags larger than 12”x12”x6” are prohibited for the Beyoncé concert. Other prohibited items include cans, bottles, weapons, fireworks, contraband, video cameras, cameras with lenses exceeding 3”, recording devices, GoPros, tablets/iPads, Selfie Sticks, beach balls, laser pointers, artificial noisemakers, mace, outside food and beverage and containers of any kind, as well as any other items determined to be unacceptable by management.
Ticket sales on event day will take place at the Superdome Box Office at Gate A Ground and Ticket Booths B & H from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tour and Ticketmaster Will Call on event day will be located at the Gate A Ground Box Office starting at 12 p.m.
Check in after Saturday night’s concert for a review of the show.