Tamar Braxton @ The House Of Blues In Dallas/Love And War Tour

YAAAASSSSS HUNTY TAMAR DID THAT!.. Ok let me calm down and get into it.
First of all I called myself getting there an hour early at 7:30 to miss the long line and to hopefully get a really close view of the stage. Umm NO! The Tamartians (the name of her fans) was not playing! The line was already down the street when I got there but at least I wasn’t too far behind. Once I got inside I made my way to the stage where K104 DJ’s Aye Bay Bay and DJ Star entertained the crowd with a mix of old school and new school music. DJ Aye Bay Bay was a fool and had me crackin up but the other DJ was doin that 30 second snippet bull that gets on my nerves. Every time I started dancing and getting into a song he switched it. DJ’s STOP DOING THIS! It’s annoying as hell!
 
The show was supposed to start at 8:30 but Tamar came out around 8:50 which isn’t bad at all. Honey once she did everybody on the floor moved even closer to the stage and this lady and her wig in front of me was messing up my view. During the whole show I had to maneuver around her so I could see. She started out the show with her song “She Did That”. The speakers were waaaay too loud at first. I barely could hear her. The rest of the show I could hear her and she sounded good live as expected.  She didn’t have background doo whop pop chicks like she likes to call them lol but she had some dancers, and the men were fiiiiine. I think they were the same dancers she picked out on her show Tamar And Vince. She danced her ass off poppin it and droppin it to the floor. She danced so hard that the 37 year old had to have “several seats”, as she would like to say, during the show. She kept it real with her fans and let us know she was tired lol. All throughout the show she gave us plenty of DIVA with the hair flips, pose for the cameras, 3 different wardrobes, and gay lingo. She semi preached and told stories to her fans at the beginning of her songs about finding the right man, keeping that man, and when to let a no good man go. She was speaking nothing but truth and I gained another level of respect for her after that. My favorite song off the album is “Pieces” and when she sang it she did good but she didn’t kill it like I wanted her too. I think she was a little out of breath but it was ok. At some point during the show I heard someone yell “OMG VINCE!” and I turned around to see him passing through the crowd right behind me. I was like Oh Hey Vince. Iif you don’t know who Vincent Herbet is, google him. Ok so back to the show, did I say how fiiiine her dancers were lol. During one of her wardrobe changes the two male dancers came out and danced shirtless for the crowd. I mean they were dancing so good I was lookin for some dollar bills to throw. The girls were going crazy. Someone behind me yelled “you know they gay right?!” I turned around and turned up my lip. UGH who gives a damn if they were gay or not they was workin it and they were FINE! LOL.
 
 
 
She closed the show by bringing four fans up to the stage with her to sing her #1 platinum selling single “Love And War”. I will say I enjoyed the show but I don’t EVER want to have standing tickets again. Almost three hours of standing and dancing, no thank you. I felt sorry for the girls tryin to be cute in high heels. On the way to my car one girl took her shoes off and left them there on the sidewalk. I think she sang all of her songs off the album, I don’t remember her singing “The One” but I could be wrong. Depending on how much I like her next album I wouldn’t mind seeing her again. I will say if you are not a fan of her personality this was not a show you would have wanted to go to. She brought every bit of sass like she has on her shows right along with her so I wouldn’t suggest going to her concert just because you like her music . Tongue pops and all. I’m not gonna lie when I initially saw some clips of her live performances and outfits on Instagram prior to going to her show, it did remind me of Beyonce. But she made sure you knew the difference between the two. I never once thought of Beyonce during the show. After the show was over Vince came by with security a second time, this time literally right in front of me. So close that his elbow rubbed up against my boob lol. Anywho she sang her ass off, I was entertained, and I gotmylife.com  🙂 *In my Tamar voice* YEAH BABY! Peep some clips from The Braxton Family Values and some of the songs sang below…

P.S. I promise I’ll get a better camera soon



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Donell Jones @Medusa In Dallas TX

 

This particular show I ain’t gonna lie, I was not in the mood to go to. I had been doing homework and writing papers and just wanted to chill at the house. But I don’t like wasting money, not even a lil bit so I put my big girl panties on and dragged myself to the show.  I was thinkin if I didn’t go I’d be kicking myself for it later on. The tickets were $25 which was not much but still. I didn’t make it a point to rush to get there after my experience at the Jon b show with him not showin up until 12. I met my homegirl in the parking lot and we headed on into the venue around 10:30. Medusa is a club that has changed names and owners to my knowledge at least 3 times. It used to have a younger crowd full of teens and 20 year olds. The last time I was there when it was another name I had a not so pleasant experience so I did frown a little when I learned Donell Jones was performing here.
 
Once we got into the club….UGH! Okay this place really needs to get a better system going and figure out a better way to handle checking tickets. We stood there for about 15 minutes along with several other people frustrated as hell at how slow and seemingly unorganized they were. Next thing we know while we’re still standing there waiting on these people to get it together, we here “WELCOME TO THE STAGE DONELL JONES!!!” I gave my homegirl the look like are you serious??? Lesson learned you never know when an artist is gonna be early or late. They finally let us in while he was still singing his first song. The crowd was full of grown folks. Some were VERY GROWN and obviously on that brown liquor lol. The interior of the club hadn’t changed much mainly just the audience. The style of the club was more grown and sexy but the setup was the same basically. I got me a drink and we headed closer to the crowd in front of the stage.
 
Donell Jones was giving so much sexy and swag (even though I hate to use that word) and gave really good stage presence.  The black suit, hat, and dimples just did it for me. WHEW! MM MM MM! He looked very in shape, like he lost weight since the last time I saw him. The first two songs I didn’t recognize and it was hard to even hear what he was saying because the music was so loud. It was also hard not to notice the very young looking DJ behind him on stage. My friend and I assumed it may have been his son. The rest of songs I could hear him well and he sounded just as good as he does on the record. He hit the high notes good and even though he worked the stage very well he didn’t seem out of breath. At one point I looked around and realized we were surrounded by couples slow dancing with each other. I felt some type of way but had to shake it off. His DJ seemed a little inexperience, which I’m not surprised because of how young he looked but he did ok. There was this one awkward moment where I’m not sure if he messed up or if Donell Jones just decided on his own to play another song.  During one song some lady threw her panties on the stage and he was like I’m not sure if my wife will like this but don’t tell her I took them lol. He sang a total of about 11 or 12 songs including “You Know That I Love You”, “Love Like This”, “Where I Wanna Be”, and ended with a snippet of “You Know” off his latest 2013 album titled Forever. He also sang “U Know What’s Up” and I thought he was gonna say something like RIP Left Eye since she did do the remix with him but he didn’t. I’ll list all the songs he sang at the bottom like usual.
 
 
 

The show closed around 11:45 so he was up there for about an hour. While we were headed back to the parking lot a group of people behind us were complaining. One guy in particular was yelling and cursing saying he wanted his money back and that Donell Jones hardly sang. And he kept saying he had the crowd sing the songs for him and the music was too loud. Well I don’t know where he was standing but the music was only too loud to me in the beginning. And yes he did engage the crowd and had them sing a couple of times, but not during the whole show. I feel like I got my money’s worth. I mean I didn’t go to club and dance, I went only for the show. I wouldn’t mind seeing him again. I’m glad I got up and went. Check the links below :-)…

U Know What’s Up

Where I Wanna Be

Shorty Got Her Eyes On Me

You Know That I Love You

Knocks Me Off My Feet

This Luv

Love Like This

My Apology

You Know

The full 2013 Album Forever Below

Forever Album

UPDATE: I later linked up with the DJ that worked this show and he told me he lip synced the whole show. AIN’T THAT ABOUT A….

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Jon B @ Winstons Supperclub In Dallas TX

Jon B has got to be one of the top 20 artists of the 90’s, at least in my opinion. The minute I heard that he would be here in Dallas I knew I had to go see him. Thankfully I follow him on Facebook otherwise I would have never known. I didn’t even see the post until the day of. Seems like ever since he went independent his promoting hasn’t been very good. Nonetheless I was excited to see him so I hit up my homegirl to see if she wanted to go. The Uptown area club opened at 9:00 and we got there around 9:45. I was under the impression that if you got there before 10:30 it was free. But we quickly learned once we got there that that was only if you RSVP’d. So it cost $10 each which still wasn’t bad. The club was nicely decorated in mostly black and white and was VERY small. Because we were there so early of course it wasn’t many people in there. The drinks were about $10 and bottle service was expensive as hell. I’m not much of a clubber so I wasn’t used to seeing those prices.
 
 Jon B @ Winstons Supperclub In Dallas TX
 
We found us a couch to sit and chill and wait for Jon B to hit the stage. I don’t know why in my mind I was thinking he would probably perform around 10:00 or 11:00. The crowd poured in around 10:30 which was full of tall men and women in tall heels, and we began to worry about how we were gonna see anything being as though we were tucked away in a corner. Plus my friend is a short little something even in heels she couldn’t see the stage. While we were sitting there plotting on how we were gonna see the stage (thinkin of flirting with staff) I saw an old teenage flame running around with a camera taking pics of everyone. I got up and tapped his shoulder and said “Santos right?” After the usual heeey how you been and all that good stuff, it kinda got awkward and I went back to my seat and he continued running around the club taking pics. The late 20’s to 50’s crowd danced and mingled while the DJ played throwback 90’s music along with the latest hits on the radio.
 
While my homegirl made her way to the bar for a beer, I eased my way closer to the stage fanning myself with the flyer for the upcoming Raheem Devaughn show. It was already a little warm in the place before the crowd, but after a few drinks and everyone seeming to be an inch away from each other, the sweat was dripping all over my body. My friend joined me and moved us even closer to the stage. I did my two step while secretly adjusting my wig and wiping the sweat off my face worried about my make up looking a hot mess. My hair was sticking to my face too so I was worried that I was looking like a wet dog. Then I looked over at my friend, my natural hair sista, who was effortlessly droppin it like it’s hot in high heels with her beer not having a care in the world. I smiled, let go of my worries, and continued to dance along to the music. During this time the DJ said at least 15 times that Jon B was on his way to the stage but he didn’t arrive until a little after 12:00 :-/
 
He stepped on the stage lookin fine as hell and the crowd went wild and quickly pulled out their phones to take pics. He started off with his song “Calling On You” from his 2001 Pleasures You Like album, which Drake sampled on his Take Care album. Next he did his singles “Are You Still Down”, “They Don’t Know”, and last the BBQ and family picnic favorite “Don’t Talk”. He sounded good even though his mouth seemed to be too close to the mic. He sounded a lil muffled sometimes but I’m not sure if that was an issue with him or tech issues. He gave good energy although it seemed like he was more up there havin a good time rather than being serious. Everybody did seem to be hype more so I think because it was their jam rather than because he was killing it on stage. It didn’t matter though cause everyone was enjoying the flashback to the 90’s. The Grammy nominated and double platinum selling artist thanked the crowd for coming and was off the stage around 12:30. I was sad to see him leave so soon but then I had to remind myself it was only $10 to get in. My only complaint is that when he was playing the piano it didn’t seem to go with the background music. And later that night at one point I felt like I was in the movie House Party because the DJ kept playin these quick snippets of my favorite songs and then switching to something else. I was like damn every time I get into a song he changes it.
 
Anywho the unexpected trip back down memory lane was totally worth it cause I had a blast!
 
 
Links to his music below 🙂
 
 
 
 
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Mint Condition @ House Of Blues Dallas TX

So I’ll start off with the basics. I went solo this time which doesn’t really matter because you kind of make friends with the people next to you. The ticket was $50 and it was a balcony seat with a good view. The good thing about having a seat is that I didn’t have to stress about getting there early. The concert was set to start at 8:00 and I got there around 7:45. Lines were short and moved fast, even at the bar. A lot of people were dressed casual chic and the ages looked to be from 30s to 50s. While at the bar getting me a Long Island a lady next to me was complaining about her $100 VIP seat and their lousy waitress. I told her how much my balcony seat cost and it seemed to make her even more pissed.  So I moseyed my way up the stairs and to my seat.  I had an end seat which I recommend for people who tend to get up a lot during shows. I swear the people next to me and the people next to them all got up at least about 5 times. I was lookin at them like if you make me get up one mo time! I mean really you can’t empty your bladder and get your drinks before the show or during intermission???!!! That was so annoying.
 
There was no opening act and Mint Condition came on stage around 8:30. When I tell y’all the lead singer Stokley had energy for days as soon as he hit the stage. You woulda thought he was Kirk Franklin, Diddy, and Chris Brown cousin the way he bounced and hopped all over that stage. All while being on point with the vocals! They sang all of their popular songs like “What Kind Of Man Would I Be” “You Send Me Swingin” “You Don’t Have To Hurt No More” and “Nothin Left To Say”. Also songs from off their latest album that was released in 2012 “Slo Woman” and “Girl Of My Life” along with three or four other not so popular songs. Of course they topped the night off with their most popular song of all “Breaking My Heart”. The band played their ass off giving a mixture of jazz, funk, rock, and a little bit of reggae throughout the show. They did a lot of freestyling and threw out lines like “dance so hard that your feet get crusty, dance so hard that your body gets musty” LOL. Stokley got on an extra set of drums and showed off his skills and at one point during the show the bass guitarist played lying down on the stage. The concert came to a close some time around 10:30.
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The only thing I can say I didn’t like about the performance was that a couple times they seemed to stall and try to stretch the show. For a group that’s put out 8 albums since 1991 I felt like they could’ve did better with filling the time. Stokleys scatting got to be too much at one point too. IDK maybe you have to be a really big jazz fan but I got tired of it after awhile. All in all was it worth the price and time?… I’d say yes. I feel sorry for the lady who spent $100 for VIP though. Would I go see them again…probably not. I think one experience is good enough for me. I enjoyed the show but not so much that I’m anxious to see them again.
 
SIDENOTE: Let me talk about this foolishness in the parking lot after the concert. I may have witnessed a very interesting hustle lol. The parking lot I was in had only one way in and one way out. One car held everyone up and had everyone sitting there for at least 30 mins. Then all of a sudden a guy walks over to the Entry side and lifts up the bar and starts letting people out that way. All while this car is still blocking the Exit side. People were giving him money for letting them out. My ass drove right on past him and kept it moving lol. I don’t think the guy worked as a parking lot attendant because there was no booth and it was all electronic. I really think it was a hustle.
 
Anywho links to their music is below 🙂 …
 
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The Road To Essence Festival Event @ Walmart in Dallas TX

 
This past Saturday I attended The Road To Essence Festival event for a short while before I headed off to my nephews birthday party. The event was free and featured artist The Walls Group, Avery Sunshine, Seven Streeter, & Tank. I went mainly to see my boo Tank but unfortunately I was only able to see the first two acts The Walls Group and Avery Sunshine. It wasn’t a waste of time though  because they did such a great job they gained a new fan. Because the event was located at what we like to call the ghetto Walmart I expected it to be a huge turnout, but it really wasn’t as many people as I thought it would be. I know one thing next time I go to something like that I will make sure I put on sunscreen and bring a fan cause it was hot as fish grease and I got sunburn 😦
 
So let me start off with The Walls Group. This one teenage girl that was sitting next to me WENT AWF as soon as they hit the stage. I mean she was screaming and hollering like they were Mindless Behavior or something. I was so lost but she knew all the words. When I say these youngins sounded so good live with all that bouncing around and dancing they were doing on the stage. I was thoroughly entertained and impressed with how well they did. This gospel group is from Houston Texas and the first artist to be signed to Kirk Franklins new label. They sang their songs “Satisfied” and “Perfect People” which had me on my feet swaying from side to side. It was refreshing to see a young group of kids singing positive music that kids can dance to and feel uplifted. It wasn’t surprising that RnB artist Brandy is one of their inspirations being as though one of the girls sounds just like her. Needless to say I’ve downloaded their music already and look forward seeing them in the future.
 
Moving on to the soulful Avery Sunshine…This woman is bad!…in a good way lol. I love her personality and her voice. She’s from Chester Pennsylvania which is a suburb of Philly, HEEEYYYY my hometown lol, and she’s been doing her thing for some years now. She had some technical difficulties at first with her keyboard but they quickly got it together. She kept saying “now who messed with my keyboard” lol. She was funny. When she opened her mouth to sing it was like Ledisi, Jill Scott, and Chrisette Michele all rolled in one. She sang her song “I Got Sunshine” from her 2010 album Bigshine which is feel good RnB music. I wish I could’ve stayed to hear more but I had to be on my way to my nephews birthday party.

Peeps check these people out ASAP. Step away from the twerking music for awhile lol. I posted the links below to the songs they sang at the event. Next time they do an event like this I’ll make sure to share it on my facebook page because its definitely worth going to. IT’S FREE and good music. They also had meet and greets with the artist. What beats that! ~
 
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Concert Review: Daley Concert @ Trees In Dallas TX/Days & Nights Tour

I’ve been a fan of Daley since the 2011 Those Who Wait mixtape, which is dope by the way if you haven’t checked it out. I purchased the tickets (for about $22 each)for this concert way back in February and had been anticipating going ever since, but I must say the evening did not start off very well and I wasn’t even sure if I was going to go. Unfortunately the person I planned on going with had missed a connecting flight and I was left scrambling about 2 hours before the show to find someone else to join me. Being as though I’m also still getting over a cold I started to give up and stay home. Luckily after asking 7 people, about half of them didn’t know who he was, I finally got someone to go.
 
Doors opened at 7:00 but we got there right at 8:00 which was when the concert was supposed to start. Trees does have seating in the balcony areas but unfortunately we got there too late and had to stand (THANK GOD I PUT DR. SCHOLLS IN MY FLATS) BUT we did have a very good view of the stage. The place was decorated with guitars and artist pictures all over the walls. Pictures that resembled huge album covers. They played neo soul  and some modern rnb music which was fitting for the crowd that came to see Daley. It was packed but not too crowded where you didn’t have elbow room and it was a sold out show.
 
Here’s where it gets a little weird…. Everybody in there was vibing grooving and singing along to the music being played and then the curtains open around 9:00, everybody screamed thinking it was Daley but it was actually his opening act Jessie Frye. Jessie Frye and her band are from Denton, TX and their sound was pretty much like rock/alternative. Nothing like Daleys music. The crowd was VERY disappointed and kinda just stood there like UGH WHERE IS DALEY??? Now the band and leading woman was jamming and she was a good performer, but it was a little unexpected. Plus there were people there that had been standing since 7:00 and they were a bit agitated. A couple of people in the crowd tried to hype everyone up but it didn’t work. They performed about 4-5 songs and everybody was pretty much OVER IT. When they came to a closing everyone pretty much cheered mainly because they were glad they were getting off the stage.
 
About 40 mins later Daley graced the stage and belted out those high notes that we live for and put on a hell of a performance. I don’t want to tell too much of the show but he sang goodies from his mixtape and EP’s like Those Who Wait, Game Over, and Spent. He also did more than half the songs off of his album Days & Nights. Those included singles Alone Together and Look Up. Throughout his performance he did medleys of throwback joints from Usher, Chaka Khan, Mint Condition, & Jill Scott. His perfect soulful voice, the lighting, and the intimate setting made couples slow grind with each other all over the place. The fact that he had the crowd singing damn near every word proved that he had true fans that had been following him since the beginning and he seemed so humbled by it. Once the concert was over most people left I think because they had been there waiting for so long. If my feet wouldn’t have been hurting I would have tried to stay for a picture and autograph.
It is definitely a concert I won’t forget and l look forward to seeing him again the next time he’s in town. Standing for about 3 hours with cough drops to sooth my throat was totally worth it for this experience. The only thing I regret is not having a better phone to take pics and record videos. I recommend anyone who is a fan of artists who sound just as good live if not better to go see Daley when he’s in your city. That mixed with good prices and feel good music makes it a win win to me.
 
P.S. Hopefully next time they will have an opening act that’s in the same genre as him.
 
Check out pics I took and three of his youtube videos below 🙂
 
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