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Concert Review: Usher and August Alsina @ American Airlines Center/URXTour

You know what…there honestly isn’t a whole lot I have to say about this show. It was phenomenal, Usher killed it, August Alsina did his thang (except for the long unnecessary runs), the visual effects were awesome, the band and dancers were great, and I feel like I got my money’s worth for sure. I have a lot of pics and videos that speak for themselves so I don’t know what else to tell you guys lol.

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I bought my ticket about two weeks ago for $177. I was in the first balcony level and had a very good seat and view. I honestly think it’s better than having floor seats because you can see everything without having to rely on watching the screens or worrying about someone tall blocking your view. I had a choice between going to see Usher or Trey Songz and Chris Brown, because my funds wouldn’t allow me to do both I picked Usher and he surely didn’t disappoint. Neither did August Alsina. At first I didn’t care too much to see August, not because I didn’t like his music, but because his personality in a couple interviews had just turned me off. I know that shouldn’t have an effect on me buying an album but it kinda did. Instead of buying the whole album I only bought about three songs of his. But after the show I’m going to go download his album. As far as Usher I’ve been a fan of his since the “Can U Get Wit It” days and I was super excited to see him.

I got to the American Airlines Center around 7:00 and the show was set to start at 7:30. The place wasn’t packed yet and as far as I know it wasn’t a sold out show, so I was wondering if people were gonna pour in later on. DJ Cassidy opened the show with a string of hits. I barely paid attention though because I started chatting it up with the friendly woman next to me. We both came by ourselves. It wasn’t a long wait before the lights dimmed and August Alsina made his way on stage. During his performance of “Make It Home” he asked the crowd to put their lights up for Mike Brown and for anybody that has lost their life to the streets and police brutality. He also talked about pursuing your dreams and how he was homeless two years ago. I honestly didn’t think August was gonna even make the tour after he fainted and fell off stage and was in a coma a couple months ago. Usher didn’t touch on the recent events but he did talk about loving one another. August teased the crowd at the end of his performance by raising his shirt up and also slowly pulling his pants down suuuper low, which literally had me stuck drooling with my mouth open. Unfortunately I didn’t get it on video but after that I am definitely on #teamaugust now. Two of my friends who also attended stated that they was ready for him to get off stage, one of them even said she got up and left on his performance. I’m not sure why. I don’t know if it was because they’re not really fans of his or they didn’t like his performance. Nonetheless I think he did a good job. The lady next to me was calling him skinny when he had his shirt up but hey I like tall skinny guys with tattoos. August had me ready to go make a call after the show smh. He performed about 7 songs and closed it with his first single “Luv This Shit”

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The break between August and Usher’s performance was pretty quick. He came on stage sometime before 9:30 and he performed hit after hit opening up with “My Way”. It was at least about three times when I thought the show was about to end but he turned around and came back with some more songs. I mean he had 8 albums to choose from so he performed a lot of songs, at least about 16 songs. He didn’t end the show until around 11:15. There was something special he did for the song “Lil Freak” with the special effects but I’m not gonna spill the tea on that nor am I gonna show the video lol. You’ll just have to go to the show for that. Before his “Good Kisser” performance he gave a taste of what he can do on the drums for a good minute. Oh yeah and the fire on the stage, we could feel the heat from where we were sitting. I can only imagine how they felt on stage. The only disappointment I have about Usher is that not once did he take his shirt off lol. He did however lift up his shirt one time. He must be really in love. He never pulled anyone up on stage or anything either. Nothing crazy happened during or after the show. I think a lot of people was ready to turn up. Other than that like I said the show was great, everybody did a great job. Peep the pics, links, and videos below…

P.S. After the show I saw the crazy girl I knew from high school that was at the Luke James concert but she wasn’t drunk this time lol. And aren’t y’all glad I got a new phone lol, me too.

Links…

www.usherworld.com

www.augustalsina.com

Pics…

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My Videos…

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Chrisette Michelle @ Medusa in Dallas TX

 
 
OK so I’ll be the first to say that although I liked some of Chrisette Michele’s music before last night I wasn’t the biggest fan, and I don’t mean this in a negative way. Even though she is considered an RnB artist, her music is very much influenced by Jazz. I like some Jazz (Boney James, Sade, Pieces Of A Dream) but it’s very seldom that I actually buy an album. Despite the fact that I love and buy all of Chrisette Michele’s singles, the only album I’ve ever bought was the first one titled I Am.  What I’ve realized about myself, especially after last night, is that I tend to like the more up-tempo jazz music better live than the record. In all honesty what made me buy a ticket for her show was seeing her on the TV One show RnB Divas. Her personality, style, and the peek into how she is behind the music scene is what made me want to go. Plus a friend of mine is one of her photographers and I knew he’d be there and I wanted to catch up with him. Needless to say I was completely blown away by her performance. Get into these details….
 
I decided to get there early because of what happened at the Donell Jones concert. I will say I got in there quicker than I did last time. Evidently they found a better and faster way to check tickets. I strolled up into Medusa around 9:15 and chopped it up with my friend by the bar for a while. Then while he made his way backstage I moved closer to the stage to make sure I had a good spot. I must say out of all of the concerts I’ve been to that had DJ’s mixing this one did his thang. DJ Phil really was JAMMIN! I didn’t drop it like it’s hot this time though lol. The crowd was mostly people that looked to be in their 30’s and it was a sprinkle of some older folks and couples. Sometime after 10:30 the radio personality from 105.7 came on stage, hyped up the crowd, and then introduced Chrisette Michele but she didn’t come on stage. Everyone was just standing there like umm ok where is she??? So the DJ went back to playing music then around 11:00 she finally graced the stage looking GORGEOUS. She opened up with her song “Epiphany” and immediately the crowd started singing along. I must admit I don’t know why but I thought she was only going to be very poised with very little movement during the show much like how she was in her video for “If I Had My Way”. But honey I was wrong! Bae Bae Ms. Chrisette grooved across that stage all night. And I swear like three times I thought she looked right at me lol, I don’t know maybe I was trippin. She also performed songs “Golden”, “Charades”, “Let’s Rock”, “What You Do”, and “Mr. Radio”. One of the songs I really liked that I hadn’t heard before that had me like oooh I gotta go download that was “Supa”. I think what impressed me the most about the whole performance was how she was able to capture my attention, how she connected and interacted with the audience, and how she was able to bring about certain emotions within me. Cause when she sang “Blame It On Me” and “Better” I promise I was all up in my feelings! Especially when she got to preachin. When she was saying “I deserve someone that will love me and make me feel better” inside I was just like YAAASSS I DO! Where is my Mr. Right? Yes all in my feelings smh. At some point she introduced all the members of her band and they each did a quick solo and I gotta say homegirl picked some great musicians because they were BAD! (in good way)I am a sucka for a great band. Halfway through the show she hooked us up with her version of Erykah Badu’s song “On and On” which I’ll have posted below. The Grammy Award winner and 10 times nominated artist for multiple awards closed the show with her single “A Couple Of Forevers”. The show ended around 12:30. Her music is so relatable and I think like most people I personally had gotten used to liking commercial music that didn’t have much depth or meaning to it. Going to this concert allowed me to take a step back and recognize good music again.
 
 
 
 
Overall the show was great and I most definitely wouldn’t mind seeing her again. I really don’t have much bad things to say about the show. Sometimes the music seemed to be louder than her and you had to listen hard to understand what she was saying but that didn’t happen a lot during the show. I feel like I got more than my money’s worth (ticket was $30). She also made sure to mention Mike Brown and how we need to love one another and the police brutality needs to stop. If you’ve been under a rock somewhere and don’t know about the Mike Brown controversy I heavily suggest you Google it. She also promoted her new website richhipster.biz which is a website that showcases art, music, fashion, and more. Be sure to go and check that out. After the show was over I linked back up with my friend and we went to eat at a place down in Deep Ellum called Buzzbrews. If you haven’t been I suggest you go if you’re ever in the area and get their chicken quesadillas cause it was the bomb.com. Anywho I had a great time. Chrisette Michele is a dope artist, her voice is truly and instrument, and I look forward to her future project The Lyricist Opus. Peep the links and my personal videos below and don’t forget to share my blog 🙂 …
 

Sidenote: Why halfway through the show I realized I needed to wipe my camera lens and I figured out a way to make the video clearer. Unfortunately some of the video footage I have the music is too loud so I didn’t bother posting. :-/

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Here are my videos from the show…

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