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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