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Concert Review: Chris Brown @ Dos Equis Pavilion/Heartbreak On A Full Moon Tour

Hey Guys!

So I’m trying something different with the concert reviews. It takes up a lot of time to type up my thoughts of the performances PLUS upload videos and photos, so I figured I’d just review the shows by recording and uploading on Youtube. I also want to direct you guys to my Facebook page Shelly 80s Baby which is where I’ll be uploading the videos.

Briefly, I’ll just say that I did enjoy myself but it was entirely too damn hot to be at an outside concert. NEVER AGAIN! I’ll just have to miss whoever is coming in this Texas heat next time cause I ain’t gon be able to do it! H.E.R did great and hit all the right notes and then some.

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Album Review: Wade “My First Song Is My Last Song”

Genre: Rap/Hip Hop

 

Last weekend I got the chance to sit down with my good friend Andre Ruffin and review “My First Song Is My Last Song” by Dallas underground artist Wade. I actually saw Wade perform at Wild Out Wednesday at Murphy’s and I was just as impressed with his style, lyrics, and delivery then as I am now with this album. As soon as I got home I downloaded it straight to my phone and listened to it several times since. Both Andre and I feel that it is a great album and it’s something that music lovers would absolutely enjoy. Our favorite songs are “Lounging”, “Day After”, “Dedikation”, and “Achy Blues”. One thing that I like the most about this album is that it gives you a variety of different styles all while remaining true to himself and his message. There were some songs we didn’t particularly care for, but at the same time it could cater more to a different type of listener and they may love it. The video is a bit lengthy so I’ve provided the times of each track below just in case anyone wanted to skip some parts.

Thanks again to Wade for asking me to review and thanks Andre for reviewing with me. It was fun, we have to do it again.  🙂 Don’t forget to like, share, and comment.

P.S. I promise I won’t chew gum next time.

 

 Andre’s Ratings                              My Ratings

Lyrics – 4 Stars                                Lyrics – 4 Stars

Beats – 4 Stars                                Beats – 4 stars

Delivery – 3 Stars                           Delivery – 4.5 Stars

Quality – 4 Stars                             Quality – 4.5 Stars

 

Track 1 – 2:05
Track 2 – 5:30
Track 3 – 10:50
Track 4 – 18:25
Track 5 – 25:13
Track 6 – 32:47
Track 7 – 41:06
Track 8 – 47:19
Track 9 – 55:00

 

 

 

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Music Review: Brennen John – “Don’t Go Alone”

Genre: Inspirational

 

Yesterday I was offered the chance to listen to an unreleased single by Brennen John and not only was I thrilled because of the exclusivity and consideration, but also super excited about the fact that it encouraged me to embark on this new journey of doing music reviews. Brennen is from Dallas and has been singing professionally since 2009. He already has quite a buzz on the internet and on the underground scene in the DFW. Because his single hasn’t been released yet I’m unable to do a recording of my initial reaction but I can still describe it to you guys.

Listening to this song makes me imagine enjoying a cool breeze, smiling while the sun beams down on my face, all while letting go of all my problems. I swear I played it like 6 times today. Everything from the finger snaps, melody, harmony, and the “Don’t Worry Be Happy” feel of the song puts you in a good mood. I enjoyed every single run that he did too. Sometimes people can do too many runs and it messes up the song but it wasn’t over the top, it was just right. I bobbed my head and tapped my feet the whole time. This song not only gives you hope but it also makes you want to grab someone, give them a hug and let them know that no matter what they’re going thru, you’ll be there for them and everything will be ok. This inspirational pick me up is right on time for anybody who’s going through hard times or feeling down.

If this delightful tune is a representation of more to come off of Brennen’s up and coming album I’m sure it will be a hit. Definitely be on the lookout for this guy! I love feel good music. Even though my interpretation of the lyrics was that God will always be there for you and be a shoulder to lean on, the message in the song is universal regardless of what your religion is. I wish you guys could have heard it the same time I did but you can follow him at the below links to hear some of his already released music. “Don’t Go Alone” will be available on Feb. 5th on Itunes, Amazon, Google Play, and CDBaby.

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Ratings

Lyrics – 5 stars

Beat – 5 stars

Delivery – 5 stars

Quality – 5 stars

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/brennen-john/id690203446

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/brennenjohn

https://soundcloud.com/tags/brennen%20john

 

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Wild’Out Wednesday @ Murphy’s Lounge

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This past Wednesday I was invited to attend an event called Wild’Out Wednesday at Murphys Restaurante & Lounge by two time award winning host Spaceship Ohayses. Not only did he host but he also performed at the event. This particular Wild Out Wednesday was a little special because they were having a contest for Best RnB Song in which the winner received $250. The judges were Kia D of We Talk Radio, John Grier owner of Dtown Coney Island, Rapper Honey Banks, and Marlo Matthew of Young Vet Photography (mystery judge). Even though I was in work mode I still had such a great time meeting the artist and just really enjoyed the atmosphere. Murphy’s is located in the North Dallas area and serves African and American dishes. Their open mic night is Wednesdays and their Grown and Sexy night is Friday’s. Also on Saturday’s they have a live Reggae band perform. I arrived exactly at 11:00 when the contest was supposed to start and already there was a large amount of people that were arriving at the same time. The place was packed when I got inside, so much that there wasn’t anywhere else to sit except for way in the back by the pool tables. Don’t get me wrong they had plenty of places to sit, they were just all taken. The booths looked comfortable, the pool area looked cool, and the stage was a really good size for performances. They also have a nice patio area if you wanna go outside and talk or smoke away from everyone else. The only thing I didn’t like was the tv above the stage was left on during the performances. All eyes should be on the artist not what’s going on behind them. I didn’t really like the big mirror behind them either. I felt like there should have been a big banner that said Wild’Out Wednesdays, Open Mic Wednesdays, a black curtain or something like that. Other than that the scenery was pretty nice. Oh, there also were so minor issues with the mic in between performances but they quickly resolved it and it didn’t really interrupt the flow of things. GO DJ Lady Ja-Roq did her thing on the ones and two’s while Spaceship entertained the crowd. As far as how the artist did, I’ll start with the winner and then tell the Top 5 artist (including the winner) that I really enjoyed. These Top 5 artist are who I feel like really have that “it” thing about them. Some of them were contestants and some were regular performers.

 

Javon

The winner of the contest was Javon The RnB Teddy Bear and I must say he came PREPARED honey. During his performance he passed out roses to the ladies (I got one too but I’m so mad I forgot it) and basically serenaded us with his sexy song “Are You Busy”. I could tell that he had a following already just from the way the ladies rushed to the front of the stage and sang along to his song. His song sounds like something that should already be playing on the radio. Hell it may have been played before and I just missed it. It definitely had me wishing someone would text my phone and ask me was I busy lol. Not only was his song good, and he showed great stage presence, but the Rnb Teddy Bear was dressed niiiice from head to toe. From what I was told the judges based the scores off of stage presence, appearance, crowd response, and song choice. Even though Javon seems seasoned and some may have felt like it was unfair because he had a big following, I still see why he won. He did his thing. It seemed like a big group of people left after he performed but that didn’t stop the place from being live and turnt up.

 

 

Ok and now for my Top 5 performers in no particular order:

 

The Nature Of Nate

 nature-nate-001First off I appreciate any artist that can spit good with no music. I loved this guy’s confidence, style, flow, and his music sounds good and goes with the current times. Something about him reminded me a little bit of J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, not sure if there’s any influence there, but I see similarities. To me his music is the type that people who are not just from the south would enjoy. He kept my attention and I absolutely think he has that “It” factor and should be signed to someone’s label. I found out from his twitter that he’s affiliated with New Money which is Lil Twist’s label under Lil Wayne’s Young Money. Seems like he’s been at it for a while. Hopefully soon he gets his big break.

https://soundcloud.com/naturenate_1

 

Wade

 

Wade

OMG Wade! A worthy contestant! Ok first of all, he teased the hell out of us because he started off his set by singing “Untitled” by D’Angelo acapella and although I liked his original song that he performed, I wanted some more of the type of singing he started off with. He was giving me a mix between Anthony Hamilton and Bilal. The lyrics to his original song go “Life it can take toll on a man, feeling helpless it’s like it takes the soul from a man”. The fact that he chose an uplifting song that tells brotha’s and sista’s to keep going and keep pushing, lets me know that he isn’t in this just for fame or money. He has a message to give to the world, especially those who are struggling or who have been thru the struggle. Wade not only is talented but he is relatable. He got emotional during his performance and almost made me tear up. I’m thankful to have been able to experience a little bit of the start of this guy’s journey. Keep Pushin My Brotha.

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Brandon Kareem

 

Brandon Kareem

Another contestant and seasoned artist who has been around for a while and was dressed sharp. His song “Thrilla” is catchy and is off of his album Life, Love, and Liquor. It’s one of those songs that makes you bob your head and rock/wind ya hips :-P. I really enjoyed his performance. He’s got a great voice and had great stage presence too. Check out his music below…

https://soundcloud.com/brandonkareem

 

Nar’Kiss

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I loved his energy! He just went hard to me. I liked his look as well. He got off stage and got down in the crowd and just really engaged with the audience. He wasn’t the first performer to do that that night but I still give him kudos for it. And who doesn’t have trust issues? One of the songs he performed spoke on that, so not only was his song relatable but it was catchy as well. He has an impressive flow and the crowd seemed to really enjoy him too. I really can’t think of a known artist to compare him to, which is a good thing to me.

https://soundcloud.com/narkiss-bizzy-fly-guy-hardimon

 

As far as the other artist, here are my thoughts of them individually.

Kada the Great – He was a little stiff and his music sounded a little dated to me. It was an okay performance. Not bad but okay.

Sleepy – I think he was the first to jump in the crowd and engage with the audience. He set the tone as far as performance goes. To me his music sounds good, kinda sounds like that southern ride in your car with the speakers blastin type music. He danced the whooole time lol.

Dmoney –  I really liked his energy and performance. I just wish I would have seen him by himself. He seemed to grab my attention more than the people he was on stage with. Outshined them in a sense.

Mann – It wasn’t too bad I just didn’t feel like he gave 100%. I heard it was his birthday.

Just tha Music – His music sounded slightly unfinished and his voice during his performance a little monotone. I do however think it was great that he had cd’s to pass out afterwards.

A.C.E.E. D – He carried his group that night. I really feel like he is one of the top performers and he has that “It” factor as well. He has that raw talent and he got the crowd rockin. His voice and sound kind of reminds me a lil bit of Lil Boosie. And btw not everybody can pull off the baseball cap, hoodie, and sneaks look. His confidence and stage presence was on point.

Willie Boi – Good music and good looking, but lacking in the stage performance. I’m not sure if being smooth is his thing and that’s what the lack of energy was about or what. But the good thing about the lack of energy was that I got a great picture of him.

Double R – Yaaasss him and Spaceship went AWF! One of the top performances too. They did a GREAT job getting the crowd back hype in the middle of the contest. The type of energy that make you wanna crowd dive and take your shit off. Flow was ridiculous!

3riple D – “You showed me love, but I was never willing. Put a condom over my heart and fucked yo feelings” Man nice lyrics and nice touch with pulling the lady on the stage to act out the song. The only thing I wasn’t feeling was the wardrobe.

2KN8 – He had nice flow and sound and I liked is song. I liked how they mixed Monica’s “Don’t Take It Personal”. I thought he was cute too. The only thing I didn’t like is how much he moved around the stage. There is a such thing as too much energy.

Reisso – I heard Spaceship say before he brought him on stage that he hustles hard on his social media to get his name out there. So I was a little disappointed that he didn’t seem to take his performance serious, so neither did I. I’m not sure if there was too much alcohol or weed, but he just seemed to be too sure of himself when the performance wasn’t even worth the memory on my phone. I have footage but I’m not even gonna upload that.

Lastly Doctor Zeuss – I actually had a private conversation with this guy because I felt like he needed some encouragement after his performance didn’t go so well. My honest opinion of him is that he has the look, his music actually sounds dope, and when his confidence was up his flow was nice. You could tell that he was nervous and he couldn’t seem to shake it. What I didn’t like was his team did not know his song and didn’t do a lot to help him when he got stuck. They were on the stage for support but other than that didn’t back him up. I wish this guy the best of luck on his journey to becoming a better artist and performer.

Overall I had a good time and I’m thankful for the invite. I look forward to the next time I go to Wild’Out Wednesday. I hope that the artist learned a little about themselves from the videos I recorded. One thing I would like them to take with them is that whenever you get up on that stage and grab the mic, that is an opportunity to gain a fan. Take your craft seriously and put forth 100% because you never know who is watching. Also, if you have a crew and they get up on stage with you, they should know your songs. If somebody is there recording, the artist should not only engage with the crowd but also with the person that’s recording. Get all up in the camera face. Know your identity so that whatever you’re attempting to pull off doesn’t seem forced. Each time you perform see if you can get someone to come and record your performance so that you can see for yourself what you need to work on.

 

Here are the videos of the top 5…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peep the videos from all the performances on my youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjsWvjatg9aVDyCnKl3VI_g

 

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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.

 

 

https://instagram.com/thegreyfocks/

http://jazmine-sullivan.org/

https://www.facebook.com/jazminesullivan

https://instagram.com/jsullivanmusic/

 

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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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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: 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.

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Jagged Edge @ Medusa in Dallas

Weird. Weird. Weird….

Ok so I got inside the club around 9:30, met up with my homegirl, grabbed a drink and then moved close to the dance floor. Tell me why everyone was standing around the dance floor but no one would go out there and dance. I mean it was this big ass circle around the dance floor and people were just two stepping where they were standing. My homegirl was like “what is this high school prom?” It was a hot mess. The DJ was really trying to throw out songs that make people get on the dance floor but these people wouldn’t budge. Next thing I know it was 10:00 which was when I was told the show would start and I saw people setting things up on the stage, so I told my homegirl “man let’s just go on out there and get our spot”. SOOOOON as we got on the dance floor everybody came flooding in like a stampede. We just looked at each other like REALLY…REALLY?

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Jagged Edge came on stage around 10:30 and I couldn’t even tell you what song they started out with. I don’t know. I have no clue. I will say they looked great, and besides a few muffled moments here and there, they sounded great too. A lot of times when you see artist now who came out back in the 90’s they look all out of shape and sometimes it’s a drastic difference in the way they look now compared to back then. But these guys looked good. Although I’m not into beards so I wasn’t feeling that beard Kyle was rockin. Anywho the fellas are promoting their new album J.E. Heartbreak II with the first single called “Hope” which they did sing at the concert. It took me listening to it a second time to like it and appreciate it. The first J.E. Heartbreak was/is the shiznit so I’m sure this one will be too. It will be available October 27th and I will be downloading because I’ve already heard snippets on their Facebook page and I liiike. Other songs they did at the concert was “Wednesday Lover”, “Promise”, “Let’s Get Married”, “He Can’t Love You”, and “Nice and Slow” by Usher which the twins co-wrote (Who knew that? lol). They ended the show with “Where The Party At” sometime around 11:00. During the show I wound up moving further away from the stage because being right on the stage made it hard for me to get all of them in the video. So I let two women get in front of me. If I would rate the show from 1-10 I would give it a 7. Here’s why…

During the show one of the twins was constantly looking at his phone majority of the time. I can’t tell you which one it was, I can only describe him as the thicker/heavier twin. I noticed as soon as he came on the stage he had the mic in one hand and his phone in the other. I was thinking maybe he was going to take a pic or video of the crowd but that wasn’t it. He kept looking at it all throughout the show and all I could think was is something wrong. I’m sure not many people noticed it, but for someone like me who blogs about concerts it’s my job to pay attention to detail. So because I noticed it, it was hard for me to really turn up like everyone else and really focus on just the performance. Then there was a moment where he stood back by the DJ while the others sang up closer to the audience. Even the DJ was looking at him like bro you alright? Then they had like this intermission where the DJ engaged with the crowd (a part of the show that I could’ve went without) but this same twin left off the stage while the other three remained. Once the intermission was over they kinda stalled before singing the next song until he came back on the stage. I honestly don’t know what to make of all this. Maybe he was waiting on a phone call IDK. It’s very clear to see in the videos (excuse the base I’m still working on that) exactly what I’m talking about. Theeen a couple times I felt like when it came to the ad libs they were singing over each other. It was a lot of “wooo yeah” Jodeci style that I didn’t care for either. Kyle seemed to be into the choreography more than anyone lol. In one of my videos you can see one of the twins stumble on another person but hey the stage is small so I don’t count that.

*sigh* IDK… for a $30 ticket I ain’t trippin. Would I go see them again, maybe. If I do I won’t be focused on trying to record so maybe it will be better. Peep the links and videos below. The first two videos will show you what I’m talkin about. Don’t forget to like and share 🙂

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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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