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Janet Jackson and Ludacris took over Mansfield on Friday night. Both artists performed like the legends they are. The show took place at the Xfinity Center and started promptly at 7:40pm. Ludacris, fresh off of getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, came right out and performed for over an hour.  From hits like “Get Back” to “Area Codes” to “Money Maker,” Ludacris did not disappoint. His high energy show had the entire crowd dancing. Later, we’d find out that Ludacris left right after his set to head to the Garden to watch Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in person.  Ludacris was seen sitting courtside and had a front row seat to an unfortunate Celtics loss.

Janet came on stage around 8:50pm in a purple cape type outfit. She opened with her song “Damita Jo,” and followed it up with a remix version of “Together Again.” Janet was superb. With only a few costume changes and only 3 backup dancers, Janet wasted no time and performed for two hours. She performed hit after hit after hit for a total of 35-40 songs depending on how you count medleys. Yes, she performed with backing tracks but most dancers do…especially dancers who are 57 years old.  She ended her performance with the title track of the tour “Together Again” and the entire crowd was on their feet.

Overall, Janet and Ludacris showed the very packed crowd why they’ve collectively sold millions of records and have sustained careers that span over decades. Their high energy performances left the crowd dancing to their cars and left them wanting more.  Both Janet Jackson and Ludacris are professionals who pay attention to every detail and give 110% every minute they’re on stage.  If you have a chance to see the Together Again tour in another city, I highly suggest you make every effort.


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