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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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