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.
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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