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Concert Review: Jazmine Sullivan @ House Of Blues/The Reality Show Tour

Jazmine Sullivan sang her ass off and shook her tail feather this past Friday at the House of Blues. The sold out show included the very talented up and coming artist Jordan Bratton as her opening act. Jordan performed well and Jazmine had the entire crowd going AWF! There were so many people there and there was a lot going on in the crowd before Jazmine hit the stage that I had a slight panic attack and almost left. But I stayed and toughed it out and gathered as much footage as I could for you guys. Get into the details below…

So I arrived at 6:40 and there was already a line but thank goodness it wasn’t that long. Doors are supposed to open at 7:00 but I think it was more like 7:15 once we started going in. Once I made it inside, to give you an idea of how close I was to the stage, if there were rows I would’ve been in the 4th row. The most annoying part about the whole night from beginning to end was the amount of times people kept getting in and out of their spot to go get drinks or whatever. It was the same group of people that were doing it in front of me. Now I understand leaving and coming back once, maybe even twice. But these folks did it at least about 6 or 7 times. I was so over it. Each time they did it I had to back into someone else to make room.

Jordan Bratton hit the stage around 8:00. He started out hiding a little because the lights were very dim and he had a hoodie on. When the beat dropped I literally felt like the bass was gonna make my chest explode the way the vibrations moved through my body. I think everyone around me was a little taken back by it too. He started out slow and then turned up and bounced around the stage full of energy. Some of his dance moves seemed to incorporate some martial arts. Some of the people in the audience seemed to know who he was and nodded their heads with approval. I didn’t know who he was until I came home and did more research on him. I realized I had seen him before when I stumbled across his video for his song “Stranger” and I remember thinking back then this guy is gonna be doin big things. Little did I know he was already doin big things at the young age of 9 playing Simba in Broadways The Lion King. Through his lyrics it’s clear that this guy still remains humble as he warns people about temptations and losing themselves in the fast life. He did a good job and held the crowd’s attention for the most part. There were two awkward moments though. The first one was when he asked the audience to take a pic with him for Instagram. The crowd didn’t turn up for the gram though when the pic was taken. Also during his last song there was a pause moment and everyone thought it was the end and started clapping, mainly because they were ready to see Jazmine. I don’t think it was any shade towards him. Nevertheless he did a great job. During one of his songs he had the lights flashing on and off giving a real rock star kinda feel. It was pretty cool. When he jumped on the piano and started playing he was making these facial expressions that reminded me of Tommy Davidson when he sings lol. He did about 5 or 6 songs including single “Danger” and a cover of Drakes “Hold On, We’re Going Home”.

It was now 8:30 and the quilted curtain was closed and a DJ and the back played some tunes for the crowd. This is when the moving around got to be too much for me and now I was starting to get an attitude with people. One guy who was returning to his spot got up behind me and while I was trying to move to the side he said “alright now don’t back into me like that, I might like it”. I looked at him like MAN GON ON! Then another guy moved him and his friend up next to me, which cause me to almost fall into the people on the other side of me. I gave him the evil eye and he was like “Aw sis don’t be like that it’s Good Friday”. I said “No it’s hot and I’m tired of all this moving!” Some of the people that were saying excuse me trying to get through weren’t even originally in front of us. At that point I started having a panic attack and said to myself if Jazmine don’t come out in 10-15 I’m gonna have to leave cause I can’t take this anymore. This was normal wait time for a concert but this particular crowd was very antsy and personal space was no longer an option. Just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore an announcer from 105.7 I believe began to introduce Jazmine.

It was now 9:14 and we heard Jazmine on the speakers before we saw her. It took a minute for them to open the curtains, longer than usual or expected. Jazmine appeared in a skin tight black leather dress with tassels hanging from the sleeves, opening up with her song “Famous”. The vocal powerhouse then continued with her first single “Dumb” off of her latest album titled Reality Show. When the crowd saw her dancing and breakin it down they got hype and started bouncing and dancing too. She continued with songs from her first two albums including “Bust Your Windows”, “Lions Tigers and Bears” , and “Holdin You Down”. She danced and had some choreography during her performances and not once sounded out of breath. She performed an acoustic version of “Stupid Girls” and killed “Forever Don’t Last Always”.  There was one guy in front of me that you would have sworn he was in church the way he was raising her hand every time she hit her signature notes. I had to keep moving so that it wouldn’t be in the videos I was recording but I think it’s in every single one lol. During the show she talked a little in between songs and spoke to the audience about self-love. I remember when she decided to take a break from the music industry but I’m so glad she was able to overcome her battles and deliver us that good music we yearned for. She has such a great voice and she is definitely a great performer as well. I have no complaints what so ever. Well I do have one but it was my fault. She started closing the show with “Need U Bad” around 10:13. I recorded some and made my way thru the crowd toward the exit. I was disappointed she didn’t sing “In Love With Another Man” but I was ready to go. I later got home and went on Instagram to look up other peoples videos and low and behold she sang it after I left. I was so hurt lol. I threw a slight temper tantrum lol. She sang a total of 12 songs but I didn’t record them all.

So in conclusion it was a great show, no disappointments from the artist or venue, only the crowd. I was a tad bit surprised there wasn’t a security check. I guess they figured Jazmine Sullivan fans ain’t gonna cause a ruckus. I sure wanted to fight some of those people though. I got a good view and the ticket was only $39. Peep the pics, links, and videos below. Don’t forget to like, share, and comment. Also follow me on Instagram for clips of the shows I go to before I post to the blog.

 

 

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Concert Review: Wale @ House Of Blues Dallas/Simply Nothing Tour

This show might as well had been the “Opening Acts Tour” instead of the Simply Nothing Wale tour. He literally had six opening acts before he came on stage, three in particular I really enjoyed.  The first two people that came on I couldn’t even tell you what their name was and it was hard finding some people after the show to gather information. Here’s some advice for any new artist or unsigned artist that’s out there tryna get it and promote themselves….Have some freakin flyers or promotion cards to pass out after the show with all of your information! Geez! That’s one thing I appreciated so much about the artist Alsace Carcione that opened up for Luke James. She had everything ready right there on the cards after the show. I know some of these guys are already on a label but it would help so much for people like me who want to put more word out.

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The doors open at 7:00 and people were already lined up outside HOB at 6:30, I got there right at 7:00. It wasn’t long before they brought us inside. Once I got inside I linked up with my girl Kescia and we had a pretty good view of the stage. The first act came on stage a little after 8:00 and like I said I couldn’t tell you what their name was or the person after him. The first group wasn’t all that great and the second guy did ok. The crowd didn’t seem to be feeling it much either, at least from where I was standing. And really apparently throughout the night the other side was a little more hype than the side I was on period. Anyway next up was rapper Chaz French and this guy grabbed my attention. Coming from the D.C. area he’s bringing rawness back to hip hop and I love it! He did say that he lived in Texas for a while so there is some influence there as well. This guy had so much energy I mean WOW. I kept thinkin damn did he drink like 5 energy drinks before hitting the stage lol. He woke the crowd up and had everyone bouncing, he did good. Not only are his songs catchy but I listened to his music on sound cloud and he’s actually talking about somethin. His really dope EP titled “Happily Belated” is out and I’ll provide the link below.

Next up was Good Luck Bonez and Good Luck Fortune who are a part of Good Luck Forever record label, which if I’m not mistaken is run by rapper Bizzy Crook. These two guys did their thing and they kept the crowd going even though some people seemed to be growing impatient waiting on Wale to hit the stage. Out of the two I liked Good Luck Bonez style more but I’m looking forward to following them both and watching their growth. I like their music but I need more info on where to find it. I briefly spoke to them after the show and they were very nice and approachable. I hope to see more of them and I would like to see them again next time they’re in town.

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Ok so next was Bizzy Crook, who I later found out after some research, has a lot of buzz around the internet. And although he dressed fly, was cute, was confident, and seemed to be a little more known than the others, by now I think everybody was like damn another artist??? I think it was around that point that I had come up out my shoes and a couple people were walking off and going upstairs I think to find a seat. He didn’t grab the people’s attention like that but I can’t say it’s his entire fault. I think by that point people were a little bit antsy. You can actually hear people talking around me in the videos. But like I said I listened to his music online and his lyrics are dope but I will say that a lot of his songs sound alike. Don’t get me wrong, I like them… but they kinda sound alike.

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Moving on to my faaavorite duo of the night… AUDIO PUSH! These guys showed up and showed out. They got the crowd excited again. Their delivery, style of flow, and overall stage presence was on point! I enjoyed their set very much. They gave so much energy and I could see that these young guys were hungry and they ain’t playin no games. They repped Cali and came to handle their biz and show and prove. I got the chance to talk with Price from the group, he’s such a cutie pie btw, and he was very sweet and humble. When he said to me “Hey how you doin, I like your hair” all I could think of was boooy listen this big girl will turn you out don’t do it lol. But I kept it cute and put my thoughts on mute and kept my cool. While him, Kescia and I shared a couple laughs Oktane was chatting it up with some fans/possible groupies lol. But these guys were really cool and I’m excited to watch their journey as well. After their performance DJ Kayotik kept asking the audience were they ready for Wale then he turned around and brought one more artist out by the name of Lil Durk. To be honest my phone started getting low and all I could think of is will I have enough juice for Wale so unfortunately I didn’t record anything from Lil Durks performance. But I’m sure its somewhere floating around Instagram. It was an ok performance to me. It seemed very last minute like “hey let’s throw you out here to stall time” to me.

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Wale finally graced the stage around 10:30 and he had a few words for the fans who were tweeting him about taking too long to come out lol. It was kinda funny. He performed about 10 or 11 songs which included “Chain Music” and “The Deep End”. He performed very well and as he said he gives it his all. I was a little afraid that when he asked the lights to be turned down that my pics and videos would be crap but they actually came out okay. He interacted a lot with the crowd and showed mad love to his fans. At one point in the show he even went up on the balcony level and showed love to them too. But why did he keep pretending like he was gonna throw something out in the crowd but didn’t lol. He play too much. I have always liked Wale’s style but it caught me off guard to see him doing his little slow wind on the stage. Well alright, Okay then Mr. Wale! LOL After he performed “Lotus Flower Bomb” I couldn’t take it anymore my feet were killing me and I was tired of standing there. I put my shoes back on and and told Kescia I’ll be sitting down in the lobby area and I’ll see her later lol. Well he did two more songs after I left which was “Clappers” and his verse on Waka Flocka’s “No Hands”.

Overall aside from the unexpected amount of opening acts, it was a really great show and I’m glad that I was introduced to their music. The ticket was only about $30 and it was well worth it. I looked at the reviews on ticketmaster after the show and a lot of people were complaining about the opening acts so hopefully someone in another city will read this and already be prepared. Ladies unless you’re short stop wearin heels knowin damn well you can’t stand that long in them lol. Anywho peep the rest of the pics, links, and videos below…

 

Sidenote: Now y’all know I can’t leave without a sidenote lol. Sooo I just want to get into the nastiness that occurred at the show. Call me stuck up or bourgeoisie for sayin this but hell it was nasty to me. So one of the opening acts, I can’t remember which one, decided to share a bottle with the audience. AFTER he drank out of it. I was lookin at the people in the audience like really? REALLY??? Y’all some nasty thirsty ass people lol. Y’all don’t know where his mouth been. He coulda just got through eatin ass before the show or something who knows lol. Then when Wale went up to the balcony he sparked one up and they were passing it around too. I can’t…I just can’t. LOL

 

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Elle Varner and Adrian Marcel @ House Of Blues Dallas

Technical difficulties was the theme for Elle Varner and Adrian Marcel’s show at the House of Blues this past Sunday, but the beautiful LA native and the sexy Bay Area heartthrob pushed through it like soldiers. Not only was Elle having the most difficult time with the sound and mics but she was also struggling with a cold coughing away from the mic several times during the show. Even with everything that was going on, by the end of the show the crowd seemed pleased with both performances.

The doors opened at 7:00, the show was set to start at 8 o clock, and we made it to the line outside at 7:30. When we first walked up we were under the impression that there weren’t that many people that had already arrived. Mainly because they had us waiting outside for a while and the line was pretty short so in my head I was thinking I would get a good spot right in front of the stage. HOB had two events going on at the same time so there was a little confusion as to which line to stand in. Once we got inside my heart dropped when we saw a gang of people had already made it and there was no way we would get close to the stage. I could still see from where I was standing but I was just very disappointed and mad at myself for not getting there earlier. I wanted to be able to touch Adrian lol. Anywho tickets were standing only and the crowd did seem to be a little bothered by the wait. It seemed like a long time, probably especially to the women in heels, but it really wasn’t. Adrian’s DJ came out sometime around 8:30 I think and played some throwbacks mixed with some of today’s hottest tracks. In the meantime I was tweeting Adrian Marcel like I knew him personally lol. I was letting him know I made it to his show since he previously tweeted me telling me to come to a show, after I asked him how long was his set on Keyshia Cole’s tour.

Adrian smoothly came on the stage around 8:45 and took us on a west coast ride opening up his set with “Nite & Day” which is an Al B. Sure cover. He continued with about 4 songs off of his mixtapes “7 Days Of Weak” and “Weak After Next” and his new single “Spending The Night Alone”. Adrian Marcel in my opinion brings back the good R&B that I feel we are missing so make sure you download his mixtapes and take a listen, I promise you won’t be disappointed. He also covered Floetry’s “Say Yes” and R. Kelly’s “Bump N Grind” and closed the show with his hit single “2 AM”. During his performance you could tell there were some people that were looking like who is this dude, but by the end they were bobbin their heads and rockin with him. He engaged with the crowd very well and even took a girls phone and sang directly to it. Why couldn’t that have been my phone *sigh*. I purposely am not uploading the video of my favorite song from his mixtape “Waiting” because I gotta be honest, it wasn’t a good performance. All the rest of them were on point but that one, smh nah and its mainly because the sound and feedback was off. But that’s definitely not gonna stop me from seeing him next time he comes in town and I damn sure am gonna make sure I get there early. If you’re reading this I’m gonna get my picture with you one day Adrian! LOL.

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Elle Varner graced the stage shortly afterwards and opened up with “Cold Case” which will be on her upcoming album “4 Letter Word” that is set to be released sometime next year. She let us into her Perfectly Imperfect world and let us know that sometimes you gotta role with the punches. Although even with a cold I think she did a phenomenal job and hit those notes like a pro, I won’t be showing some of the full video footage, only clips. When I played them back it was hard to watch again because of the technical difficulties. I don’t think it would be fair to show what probably would look like a bad performance/show to those who weren’t there. She talked about the ups and downs of love and sang about 10 songs which included “Only Wanna Give It To You”, “Refill”, a new song “Nothing”, “I Don’t Wanna Dance”, and “F*ck It All”. She also did a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin On” clearly regarding the current news coverage on police brutality. Her fans also got two impromptu performances out of her of “Welcome Home” and “WTF”. Elle’s quirky and funny personality made me love her even more as I watched her interact with her fans. At the end of the show Elle brought a lucky fan who came all the way from Denver up on stage and gifted them with a nice watch. The show ended around 11:00 pm.

All in all minus the technical difficulties, not being close to the stage, and my feet hurting, I enjoyed the show and recommend everyone to see them next time they’re in town. The ticket was only $25 and it was well worth it. Don’t forget to like and share! Peep the links, pics, and videos below…

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Concert Review: Luke James @ The House Of Blues/Dallas TX

First off let me say the video I was able to record doesn’t do this show any justice. All the artist did such a great job and it honestly felt like I was at a big house party. I hardly think anyone left out of there disappointed. Anywho let’s get into the review…

Although he should be, Luke James is one of those artists that unfortunately isn’t well known yet so I was a little surprised that the concert was going to be at the House Of Blues. Based on the couple of times that I have been to the House Of Blues it was for artist with a larger fan base. I mean even though he has a lot of fans there still are times when I mention him to people and they don’t know who I’m talking about.  Once I got inside it made a lot more sense to me. I got there at around 8:15 but didn’t go inside til around 8:30 because of some confusion outside, and they guided us upstairs to a lounge like area with a stage and a bar. There were some people there already but not many. After I got my drink people started moving closer to the stage since the concert was set to start at 9:00. I wanted to get a good view too so I decided to move close to the stage as well. While waiting I looked around at the crowd, which was cliqued up or coupled up, and I spotted an old co-worker by herself and motioned for her to join me. We chatted up until the opening act came out. Hell I didn’t even know there was going to be an opening act so it was a nice surprise.

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Alsace Carcione and Diva-Sol hopped on the stage around 9:30 and set the mood just right. Alsace is a femcee who is originally from Virginia but has been living in Dallas for the past 10 years. It’s hard to describe they’re unique style but I would say that this duo was giving Floetry, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and throwback hip hop all mixed together. I’m not quite sure if they are a permanent duo or if they are separate artist just temporarily working with each other. Nonetheless the both moved the crowd. The lyrics were on point and the sound was most definitely feel good music. Later on after the show I made sure to get Alsace Carcione’s info so I could follow her journey as an artist. I’m always interested in underground music. Miss Diva-Sol sang her ass off! I was recording and trying to hold my composer because I wanted to just yell YAAASSSS GIRL YOU BETTA SANG! But I didn’t want to mess up my video lol. I look forward to hearing more from these two. Their set lasted I’ll say a good 30 mins and Luke James came on not too long afterwards.

UPDATE: The artists are two solo artist and not a group but they have been working with each other for well over 5 years.

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Luke James stepped on the stage and the crowd went nuts (by now it was a lot of people there) and he started the show off with the first song on his self-titled album “Love XYZ”. During the beginning of the show he asked that we let loose and feel, stating that he sensed some of the people in the crowd were a little uptight. He told us to leave our cares behind and worry about the here and now and have a good time tonight. He continued with his singles “Exit Wounds”, “Options” (which if you didn’t know was a song about the option to abort a baby. Awesome lyrics), and “Dancing in the Dark”. The Grammy nominated singer also performed some of his older released singles and songs off of his mix tape Whispers In The Dark. When he performed “Make Love to Me” I felt like I was in the Good Times photo at someones basement house party. The crowd grooved from side to side as we all absorbed the good vibes. Luke James had plenty of energy as he took us from sexual healing, to feeling gangsta/hood and turning up, to comedy, and to church with a few Hallelujahs’. Halfway through the show (you may notice this in the videos) my feet were hurting so bad and then I also started getting cramps in my side, so I had lose my place and go sit down on one of the nearby couches. I had been standing there feeling hot too and once I started feeling nauseated I knew it was time to move. I sat down for about 5 mins and enjoyed the sound of his voice as he performed his version of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” and then stood back up to record and watch the rest of the show. He closed out the show with his single “I Want You” and provided us with those high pitch vocals that we LIVE for.

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Once the crowd started leaving I went to find my old co-worker who was waiting for Luke James to come back out. I was confused because I thought the show was over but low and behold he reappeared and performed one last song. Problem is I could not tell you what the heck it was. It had a Prince sound to it and was about a forever kind of love. After the song he let the crowd know that he would be taking pictures with whoever had the album downloaded from iTunes on their phone. Being as though I don’t have an Iphone and my feet was still killing me, I hugged my co-worker goodbye and made my exit. She later text me telling me that he kissed her on the cheek and she got her pic. Overall I would say besides me getting sick, this was one of the best concerts that I’ve been to so far. Definitely got my $30 worth and would love to see him again. Peep all the links and videos below…

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Sidenote: Let’s get into the ratchetness that occurs at the end of the show. During pretty much the whole show I could hear someone to my right being loud as hell, which is expected at a concert. But I’ve felt like once the music is lowered and the artist is talking, not involving the audience, but just trying to be sensual, this is not the time to turn up and interrupt the artist. So during the last performance of the Prince type song, I hear a loud mouth yelling “SHUT UP BOY! SHUT UP BOY! YOU AIN’T PRINCE! SHUT UP!” I turn my head to see wtf is going on and it was an old classmate of mine from high school. OMG I covered my face with my hand as if I was embarrassed and couldn’t believe it. So not cool. This girl has always claimed to be classy so I was a little shocked by her behavior and I wondered was she drunk and if she was the one I had been hearing all night. IDK but I hope that I’m never in a small setting like that with her again after that.

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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…

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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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