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Concert Review: Mario @ Fame Bar & Grill/Fireball Tour

Last night was an interesting and entertaining night I must say! Thought I was gonna be ridin solo but ended up meeting a group of wonderful ladies that I kicked it with the whole night. Ladies if you’re reading this…YOU ROCK! I also saw some familiar faces and hopefully made some new friends.

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Flame Bar & Grill

The show was at a place named Fame Bar & Grill located in Uptown Village in Cedar Hill,TX and they were having their pre-opening event last night. Doors opened at 9:00 and I arrived just minutes after. They had valet parking for $10 but I just didn’t find it necessary and found my own parking spot. Had I not seen the line and the bright lights I would’ve been driving around for a bit looking for the place because I didn’t see a name anywhere.  It could’ve been one there but it was dark, I’m not sure. There weren’t many people in line when I walked up (about 12 people) and they were only letting VIP members in only at the time.  The doorman was entertaining. General admission tickets were $22 and VIP was $50. There were quite a few people already inside. I started chatting with the women in line in front of me and these were the same ladies I wound up linking up with later on. Let me say Fame Bar & Grill looks niiiiiice. I couldn’t tell if they had a dress code but the way the place looked I would think it should have. It was very elegant and grown and sexy. The bar area was nice and all of the staff I ran into were very professional and nice as well. While the ladies and I were sitting at a table in a private area we got a chance to meet the owner and he took us over to another VIP section closer to the DJ’s. The DJ’s were Hollywood and Takeover and they had people up on their feet dancing.  Everybody looked like they were having a good time.

Ce'Mel Raysean

The first act, Ce’Mel Raysean, who is from Houston but has been doing his thing in Dallas for a while, hit the stage around 10:30 and I left the VIP area to get a better view. He did a good job and he looked casket sharp. Go head boy. Something about him reminded me of Donnell Jones. Quite a few people had made it in and now it was packed. Unfortunately there were so many people walking by where I was standing that the videos came out a little shaky. After his performance he passed out his mixtape/cd . I didn’t get one so I couldn’t tell you how good it was.

Diva Sol

The next act was R&B sultry singer Diva Sol and I had the pleasure of hearing this talented woman at the Luke James concert back in October with rapper Alsace Carcione. This woman’s vocals are the bomb and I love her music. Hair, outfit, makeup…everything was on point. The crowd seemed to enjoy her performance as well. She got their attention and I noticed a lot of people bobbin their heads to the smooth melodies. The only thing I didn’t like was the lighting was nice and sexy in person but it didn’t help my photos 😦. Her EP will be released on the 21st at club Sandaga 813 in Dallas and will soon be available on SoundCloud and Itunes. I’ll provide the link below. I look forward to hearing more from her in the future.

Shailaun Manning

Shailaun Manning was the next artist up and I actually got a chance to see her getting her make up done in the VIP section earlier in the night. The beautiful soul sista had a very pretty voice but unfortunately I couldn’t hear much of it. Seemed like the music was overshadowing her. By the way that band was off the chain, they were really jammin. Sadly I only have one video of her performing (thought I had more but don’t know what happened to them) but she did have good stage presence and like I said from what I could hear she sounded great. The video was shaky cause there were people bumping into me. It was so crowded where I was standing.Diva Sol and another woman assisted as background singers.

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By now it was around 12:00 and Mario had finally made it. I watched him slide right in from one of the exit doors and he immediately hopped right on stage. Dressed in all white Mario was looking sexy! He started out with his first single “Just A Friend” and throughout his performance kept asking where are the single ladies. I mean I would have waved him down but I was too busy trying to keep a steady recording lol. He did three more songs including his new single called “Fireball” and he ended his performance with “Let Me Love You”. I was hoping he would do “Crying Out For Me” or “How Could You” but he didn’t (sigh). But it’s all good he did a good job. The Baltimore native even did a little thrusting and raised his shirt up, heeeeyyyy lol. Mario has a great voice and can sing live I know, but there were also times where it was hard to hear him (mainly during Fireball). I was able to capture a little of that when the music was turned down. He’s now independent which maybe explains why I haven’t heard much about his upcoming projects but I love his music so I’ll be staying tuned. His new album titled “Evolve” doesn’t have a release date yet but I’m hoping it will be sometime this year.

Overall I had a good time, met some cool people, and I’m excited to see what else this new venue Fame Bar & Grill has coming up. I looove the fact that it’s literally 5 mins from my house.The owner did mention Chante Moore so I’ll be on the lookout for that. Besides a few minor hiccups here and there, their pre-opening seemed to be a success and I’ll definitely be back. The pre-order for the tickets were even cheaper so it was well worth it. Check out the pics, videos, and links below and please don’t forget to like and share.

Sidenote: Oh yeeeeah did I mention I got a pic with Mario during the meet and greet. Ugh I look so crazy in the pic and was totally unprepared but he’s so damn cute. But I didn’t get to talk to him much it was so much going on around us. Hopefully next time…

http://divasol.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/bookdivasol

https://www.facebook.com/ShailaunManningFanPage

http://shailaunmanning.tumblr.com/

http://www.mario2u.com/us/home

https://instagram.com/ohyesmario

https://www.facebook.com/mario

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Concert Review: Ledisi Feat. Raheem Devaughn & Leela James/Intimate Truth Tour

This show was phenomenal and each artist represented real R&B soul to the fullest. These three were the perfect combination for a great show. These are sangers, not singers, sangers lol. I wasn’t too sure the show was even going to happen because of the weather but I got an email from ticketmaster saying the show is still on. The venue was the Majestic Theatre and I paid about $80 for my ticket. I was in the center of the lower level and in the third row. It was set to start at 8:00pm and I got to my seat at 7:30pm. It had been forever since I had been to the Majestic Theatre, I had only been once to see a stage play when I was in my teens. When I looked around I felt like I was at the Apollo Theatre. The seats were small and the rows were tight.

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There weren’t many people there at first but the sold out show pretty much filled up once Leela James hit the stage which was about 8:15. She came out on stage with that big bouncy hair and tight fitting outfit, mama was THICK and had BODY hunty! I was like yaaass work it girl. She sounded great and looked great too. She opened up her show with “Who’s Gonna Love You More” and tried to hype the crowd up saying “Y’all ain’t afraid of a little snow are ya?!” During her performances she pulled two guys up on the stage (separately) to dance with her. Why was both of them chewing gum like cows chewing on grass lol. When it came time for her performance of “Fall For You” the whole crowd started screaming and she started to cry a little. During her last performance of “Let’s Do It Again” she invited the whole front row up on stage to dance and somebody’s uncle/grandpa was getting it lol. Couldn’t tell him nothing. She sang 7 songs and after her set was over they went for a quick intermission.

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Raheem Devaughn came out around 9:00 and I must admit…He was one of the artists that I was not checking for like that. I always thought his music was good and I liked his singles, but when he first hit the scene I saw two bad live performances and from that point on I always thought he was a studio singer. So I must say that I was not excited to see him. BOY DID HE SHUT ME UP AND PROVE ME WRONG! First of all the first thing I noticed was that big bulge in his pants when he came out. I mean did he take a Viagra before he hit the stage? Did somebody whisper somethin in his ear before he came out? Ion know but it was fine by me! He started off with “Bulletproof” which has such a powerful message and is so relevant to what is going on in the world today. I was bouncing in my seat. He took us back to old school music and followed up with “When You Love Somebody”. You know how a song get to speakin to you when you drinkin that brown liquor…yeah that’s what that was lol. You know when Maddog was sittin there drinkin talkin to himself in Jason’s Lyric…yeah that’s what that was lol.  During his performance he grabbed himself quit a few times, humped the staged, and even went out to the crowd and humped a girl in the audience. I’m sure somebody got pregnant up in there. He sang 7 songs as well. Before he closed the show he mentioned his nonprofit organization that brings awareness to domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, mental illness and many other things affecting our community. I’ll provide the link below. So yeah, the whole time during his performance I was lookin like this…

 

There was another intermission and Ledisi came on around 10:00. Babaaay when I tell you she was giving I AM THE QUEEN when she stood at the top of those steps. Giving sexy sultry eyes and a sexy walk she let us know she has arrived and she came to put on a show. She opened up with “Lose Control” and man this woman’s vocals though! I messed around and didn’t record the scatting that she did cause I was so much in awe. She is one of the few that I love to hear scat. She played around with the audience about being too stuck up when she talked about sex. I can just imagine the looks on some of the older folks there lol. At one point she let her background singer Danetra Moore take over the rest of a song and when I tell you that girl can blow! Various “YOU BETTA SANG GIRL” was heard throughout the crowd. During her performance she told a story and took us through the three stages of a relationship with her song selection…the beginning, the middle, and the end or new beginning. When we got to the end/new beginning of a relationship she spoke about her new acoustic album titled “Intimate Truth” and she performed the acoustic version of some of her songs. One of those songs was “Stay Together” which features Jaheim but since Jaheim wasn’t there she playfully sang his part. Before she closed out her show she went out to the crowd and up to the balconies to show them some love. One of my friends, who is a huge fan and is also a singer, was up there and she got a bomb picture of Ledisi while she was standing right in front of her. She closed the show around 11:30 with “Bravo” and spoke to the audience about following their dreams and not giving up. I know she was preachin to somebody and somebody needed to hear that message.

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Overall the show was the bomb and I advise everyone to go see them next time they are in town, whether together or separately cause you’re gonna get your monies worth. I think out of all of them I enjoyed Raheem Devaughn the most. I don’t know if it was because I doubted him and I was shocked at his vocals or because he was unbuttoning his shirt lol. Anywho I got my life and get yours too lol. Peep the pics, links, and videos below…

Sidenote: This man sitting directly in front of me head smelled so bad y’all. I mean like he hadn’t washed it for months. Just a bunch of dandruff, cheap grease, and whatever else. I just know every time he moved I got a serious dose of it. I’m talkin bout GAG reaction. SMH and he was too damn old for that. And his girlfriend next to him ought to be shamed. How you keep your hair cut but it still smell bad o_O

http://www.leelajames.com/

http://raheemdevaughn.com/

http://www.lovelifefoundationdmv.org/

http://www.ledisi.com/

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