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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.
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
First 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.
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.
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…
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.
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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TREES IN DEEP ELLUM WAS LIT LAST SATURDAY!!! I’m so glad I got to get out the house and have a good time. I really enjoyed myself and I got to meet some new people as well as see some familiar faces. Now I’m not gonna lie I came to this show specifically in support for Alsace and also to see Audio Push again. At the time I wasn’t familiar with any of the other acts that were there but regardless it was a good show. I started not to even do a review for this show but since I have some footage I figured why not. So here’s how the night went…
I got there around 8:30 and walked up just in time to see Alsace outside selling last minute tickets to the venue. Everybody joked and laughed about how it looked like she was selling somethin else lol. Rick Ross’s song “Hustlin” played in the back of my mind when I was watching her. She really does grind all day and night. The group of people I was with decided to head inside about 15 mins later. Once I got inside I immediately realized whatever footage I was going to get was not gonna be that great. The place was already packed and I was too far away from the stage, but I still had a good view though. In all honesty it wasn’t many black people in there; the crowd was majority Latino/Hispanics. As far as ages, it was mixed with young and old.
At around 9:00 Danny F Dot, who is from McKinney, TX, was the first act. The crowd seemed to enjoy him. I can’t quite tell if he’s a rapper or a singer but he reminded me of a Latino version of Justin Bieber. I honestly can’t say I was fully paying attention because the person I came with was engaging in conversation with me during the show. Plus there was this one guy in the crowd that was very distracting. He had come straight from work (his red Sonic shirt was the giveaway) and was dancing so hard all over the place. I did however later listen to Danny F Dot’s single “She Bad” on sound cloud and its hot! It’s one of those slow twerking songs. It’s available for purchase on Itunes. Some of his other songs do sound like the typical music that’s being played on the radio though. I think he performed about 4 or 5 songs during the show.
Next up was Curtis Mayz and his friend Jay Luse. They are from Oak Cliff, TX and they performed 5 songs. I had to track them down in the crowd after they performed cause I don’t think they even said who they were during their performance. Or maybe I just didn’t hear them, who knows I had been drinking. Curtis Mayz voice slightly reminded me of Lil Boosie, but more Texan. I like his style and they had some nice beats. Curtis Mayz stated his music is heavily influenced by Big K.R.I.T. and if he could compare himself to anybody that’s who it would be. All my Dallas peeps go out and support your own, he’ll be performing next at The Crown and Harp on Greenville August 25th. Go check him out!
The main person I came to see was up next, none other than the Alsace Carcione. Her set started off a little rocky due to sound issues (the DJ was trippin) but she quickly bounced back and moved the crowd. They hyped her up and cheered her on as she performed her song “Highly Unlikely” without any music. The DJ finally got it together and she continued her set with “Ain’t Goin”, “Black America”, “Been Grindin”, and “Don’t Stop”. As always she did a good job. During her song “Black America” she encouraged people to chant “Black Lives Matter”. I yelled as loud as I could. I caught up with her after the show and so many people stopped her and told her she did a good job, especially with overcoming the sound issues. One guy though stopped her and said “Hey good show but hey all lives matter”. I just stood there giving the side eye. Alsace quickly simply explained the song is from her perspective.
Next up was the duo Audio Push and I swear you would have thought they were the main act cause they performed at least 8 or 9 songs. But the crowd loved it and so did I. I really like these guys and I know they are gonna blow up. The last time I saw them was at Wale’s show at the House of Blues and you can tell they have evolved some more since then. They performed songs off of their mixtape called The Good Vibe Tribe along with their single “Quick Fast”. During their performance they stated they wanted nothing but good vibes and got the crowd involved in a competition of which side was they loudest. They also encouraged people to spark one up and all get high together. After the show I briefly spoke with Price from the group and refreshed his memory on the last time we met. I told him I wasn’t sure if there would be a review for this show because I didn’t have the best view and he stated that next time they come in town, which if I’m not mistaken he said they would be headlining their own show in October or November, they’re gonna make sure I’m right up front. Alright now Imma hold you to it young buck. He gave me a warm hug and took a selfie with me.
As far as Snow Tha Product, honestly I couldn’t tell you much about the performance because I left halfway through it. My friend was ready to go and so was I. But I will tell you she did state that she was sick and I was a little thrown off by what she decided to perform in. It was different from the pictures that I had seen online when I googled her. She looked like she was going to a nice get together wearing a peplum black shirt and some jeans. It just wasn’t something I expected to see her perform in. I hadn’t heard of her until the day of the show but her supporters and fans were heavy in the building. I saw a couple people wearing her merchandise. During her performance her panda bear mascot hyped the crowd up and her friend Nay Nay crowd surfed. There also was a point where Snow demanded that the hype people push their way to the front and the laid back people move to the back. I swear she was about to cause a riot up there cause people really started pushing and she had to calm them back down. I thought that wasn’t the smartest thing to say. Later after the show I overheard someone complaining about the fact that she talked through majority of her set, had a lot of opening acts, and really didn’t perform. I wouldn’t know cause I was hanging outside half the time but from what I did see it seemed to be true. If she was sick then who can really blame her. She didn’t cancel they show and she could have.
My friend wound up ditching me while I was talking to Audio Push so I wound up hanging around longer and conversed with Alsace after the show. The line to meet and greet Snow Tha Product was hella long and I really wasn’t interested in that so I left around 1:00. Its crazy cause Deep Ellum was still lit around that time. Anyway I enjoyed myself, Alsace did her thing, and I’m glad I got to meet Audio Push again. Check out the links, pics, and videos below…
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I’m beyond late on this but hey that’s what happens when you don’t have internet and are busy looking for a real job lol. I should set up a go fund me account lol. Anywho enjoy…
The man with the Golden voice blessed us this past Saturday at the South Side Music Hall with an amazing concert. Tickets were standing only for $39.50 with the show set to start at 8:30. Special thanks to my girl Kescia for buying my ticket (GO BEST FRAN THAT’S MY BEST FRAN!) lol I really appreciate it. We got there around 7:30 and there was already a line waiting to get in. Doors opened at 8:00 and it was hot as hell standing out there waiting. Once we got in I found a good spot and refused to move for fear of losing it lol. So many people were moving throughout the crowd but I wanted to make sure I got a good view for the footage. All of the moving, along with my feet hurting after a while, unfortunately contributed to a little shakiness with the videos. While we were waiting outside we discussed upcoming concerts and whether or not anyone knew who the opening act was. Once everyone got their drinks and got settled in their spot in the crowd we continued the conversation.
Kescia had looked up Dorothy prior to coming but couldn’t find much info on her. I had previously seen where Miguel posted a picture with the two of them on Instagram but had never heard of her either. She’s got sex appeal and is a very pretty lady. Dorothy hit the stage around 9:00 and let us know she was from LA (no surprise he picked someone from his hometown) and proceeded to rock out. She had everyone’s attention and I heard a couple people next to me say “Hey she’s actually really good”. She performed somewhere around 5 songs and then there was a brief break after that. She’s definitely got a good voice and from what I could hear the lyrics sounded dope. It didn’t take long for the crowd to get into it and rock out too. The other band members were all males with long rock star hair and they made sure to fling it a lot during the performance. I like rock music too so I can see myself buying their album.
Miguel really didn’t keep us waiting too long. He came on around 10:00 and opened up with “The Thrill” from off of his Kaleidoscope Dream album. As soon as he came out all the girls screamed and went wild. Someone next to me kept yelling for him to take his jacket off. Another person yelled if she had panties on they’d be on the stage. I admit I screamed a couple times too. No shame in my game lol hell he is fine! He performed a lot of songs, I’d say probably around 15 or 16. Yeah that’s a lot. Every time I thought he was thru he came back with another song. He performed “Going To Hell”, “Beautiful Exit”, “Coffee”, and “Waves” which are off his new album Wild Heart. He also performed favorites “Sure Thing”, “Adorn”, “Do You…”, and “How Many Drinks” with a twist. Halfway thru his performance he brought out a couple girls, we’re assuming the ones who bought VIP packages, and danced on them and sang to them. The graphics for this show were so nice! Out of all of the concerts I’ve been to I’ve never seen graphics like that. He really put on a show and gave us a lot. He had a lot of fun doin it too. He closed the show out with “Adorn” around 11:30.
Everything about Miguel screams new age Prince. I’ve even heard some people say he has a better voice than Prince. Basically if you’re a fan of Prince you’re more than likely a fan of Miguel as well, if not you should be. I will say the only thing I didn’t like about the show was that sometimes he did a little more dancing than I would have liked. You can see a clip of his “moves” lol on my instagram page https://instagram.com/shelly80sbaby/. There were times when I wanted him to just sing the damn song and stop with all the moving around. He sounds good live and I wanted to hear more of it. I mean I could hear it sometimes, but like I said there were other times where I felt like he was doin too much. Regardless I enjoyed myself and I still feel like he gave a great performance. Peep the links, photos, and videos below and don’t forget to like and share. 🙂
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This was absolutely the WORST experience I’ve had with a venue since I have been doing this. At first I tried to be understanding because it was opening night, but then I remembered it was RE-opening night. So they’ve done this before. Which means they should have been better prepared. So many things could have been done differently that would have cut down on the confusion that went on the entire night. They failed miserably when it came to the reserved seating in the balcony and also preparation for the line outside. As far as Erykah Badu, I honestly don’t have anything bad to say about her performance, she was perfect. So let’s get into it…
I had purchased my ticket for $50 pretty much as soon as it was announced back in January and I decided to buy a seat in the balcony so I wouldn’t have to stand. I really wanted a break from general admission standing only tickets. I picked a seat close up that would be perfect for capturing footage of the show. Since I had a reserved seat I didn’t rush out the house to get there before the doors opened. Doors were supposed to open at 7:00 and I arrived on the street of the venue at 8:30. To my surprise while riding around looking for a parking spot, I discovered that the line to get in was wrapped all the way around to the next street. Basically the line was one big square around the venue. My mouth fell open in disbelief, but then I shook it off and said maybe by the time I find a parking space the line will have gotten better. WRONG! The line was still wrapped around the block 30 mins later. One thing is for sure, Dallas loves Erykah Badu! A friend of mine said that she felt like she was in line at an amusement park. By now it was 9:00 and I was missing the opening acts. Another friend inside said that they did good but then the person sitting next to me inside said I didn’t miss anything. I didn’t make it inside until 9:30.
Once I got inside and took a look around I realized this place was HUGE and it was PACKED! It was very dark too. I made my way upstairs to the balcony and it was packed up there too. The security guard at the bottom of the steps had to point a flashlight on the steps to help people find their way. People that didn’t have reserved seating were really taking up too much space and it was hard moving around up there. I kept thinking if there was an emergency or something, this would be really bad. They really should have cleared the way for people to make it through. There were a couple flat screens playing sports throughout the venue and it didn’t seem to interrupt anything. Once I made my way to the end of the row where I was supposed to be sitting I noticed someone was in my seat. So I spoke with the security on that end and he directed me to the other end of the row. So I went to the other end and someone was sitting in that seat also. So security made the person get up. Throughout the night they had to keep asking people to get up because the seats didn’t have any signs or numbers on them to let people know those were reserved. When I was sitting there I was thinking to myself I know I paid to sit closer to the stage. So I asked the person next to me on my right did they select a closer seat and they said yes. I asked the person on my left and they said yes also. So I pulled the seating chart up online and low and behold they had switched everyone around. Instead of them seating us the correct way with the seats going 1-33, they had it the opposite way going 33-1. So everyone who was supposed to be closer was now far away. The couple next to me complained that they had been moved 3 times already because security kept sitting them in the wrong seat and they were just gonna let it go. Because I have a blog and wanted to get great footage and wasn’t JUST there to enjoy the show, I went to the security guard, showed him the seating chart online and he talked in his ear piece and I went and sat back down and waited for him to come and fix the situation. Well he never came. So I went and talked to him again and he advised me to go to the ticket booth and speak to someone down there. By now it’s 10:15 and I was scared the show was about to start and I would miss it so I rushed downstairs as fast as I could and got ahold of the box office manager. She told me she would see what she could do and come up there and find me. I ran back up stairs and to my surprise my seat was gone. Not that someone was sitting in my seat, but my whole seat was gone. So once again I’m back talking to security to get now another issue solved. And once again all he did was talk into his little ear piece. Another security guard had made her way over there and informed me that everyone on that row paid the same price so it’s not like one person gets better than the other. I angrily said to her “I paid to be in seat 8 not seat 26! I selected a closer seat!” She said to give her a minute and she’ll be back to help me. I stood there looking misplaced and frustrated. She never came back so I just took it upon myself to ask everyone in seats 1-7 to kinda scoot down and make enough room for me to get back into my spot. Everyone was nice and understanding and they moved down for me. I gave security the evil eye because I couldn’t understand why he couldn’t just do that. But even after all of that I still had no seat. So I just stood there in my space for majority of the show. The box office manager finally made it up to the balcony where I was and all she did was hand me her card along with the production manager’s card and offered tickets for another event. What I really wanted was my money back.
I tried to just enjoy the show, but the more I looked at my screen on my phone when I was recording and saw that the footage and pics wasn’t as good as it would’ve been had I been in the right seat, the seat that I selected online when I paid for my ticket, the more I got upset. Not only that I paid more for my ticket so that I could sit instead of stand and here I was standing, after already standing in that long ass line outside. Erykah Badu made it onstage around 10:56 and opened up with “20 Feet Tall”. The wonderful lady next to me offered to take turns sitting down because she felt bad for me and was just as pissed about everything. Erykah had on this huge black pancho-esque coat and I couldn’t help but think damn I know she is hot as hell in that thing. She took it off later during the show revealing her overalls. One of her kids ran out on stage during her performance, I’m assuming her youngest one. It was cute. She repped her city hard during the show and the crowd embraced her with open arms. The songs flowed smoothly into each other without her hardly coming to any stops or intermissions. The sound was crisp and clear and she had a backdrop with graphics playing during the show. While I was there I received a text from my friends letting me know they would be around the corner at a spot called Freemans (The Free Man Cajun Café and Lounge) and asked me to swing by before I went home. The more I stood there trying to focus my camera, the more being there with my friends seemed like a better idea. I looked around and found an empty seat and went over and asked the people around was it taken, and one of the gentlemen was kind enough to carry it over to my area for me. But even after I got a seat I still just couldn’t shake it off and get over the fact that I was so far away. I gave up and said goodbye to my neighbors after she performed “Window Seat” around 11:30 and headed downstairs to the box office to see about a refund. The box office manager was nowhere to be found and I didn’t want to wait around for her. I made my way to Freemans to meet my friends. While I was walking down the street I chatted with a couple who were walking behind me and asked them did they enjoy the show and they said they did, and that the long line to get in was their only complaint.
I met up with my friends and I have to say I had way more fun at Freemans than I did The Bomb Factory. I had a front row view of some very talented individuals that were performing. The more intimate feel along with good drinks and good company definitely made up for what I had just been through. The group that was performing was called The Found which included Marcus Jones (drummer), Chris Traylor, MC Cyfa Fix, Charlie Hughes (guitar), Robert Gaines (Bass), Jordan Walker (keyboards), and James Robinson (keyboards). The band was all the way live and had me sayin yaasss and bobbin my head the whole time. They was jamming and having a good time while doin it. From what I was told they perform there quite often and also at Sandaga 813 downtown. I remember thinking damn this is what I’ve been missing out on all this time. My friends have been trying to get me to go to Freemans for awhile now and I’m so glad I went and had such a wonderful experience.
So my night wasn’t completely ruined, Erykah Badu was awesome, The Bomb Factory gets a thumbs down, and I’m already ready to go back to Freemans. Shout out to the people that were nice to me at The Bomb Factory: Ashley and her boo (seats 9 & 10), Whitney (seat 7), and Flozell for carrying my chair for me. Thanks for reading this loooong review and don’t forget to like, share, and comment. I definitely would like to hear other peoples experience there at The Bomb Factory. Peep the links, pics, and videos below…
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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…
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This show was phenomenal and each artist represented real R&B soul to the fullest. These three were the perfect combination for a great show. These are sangers, not singers, sangers lol. I wasn’t too sure the show was even going to happen because of the weather but I got an email from ticketmaster saying the show is still on. The venue was the Majestic Theatre and I paid about $80 for my ticket. I was in the center of the lower level and in the third row. It was set to start at 8:00pm and I got to my seat at 7:30pm. It had been forever since I had been to the Majestic Theatre, I had only been once to see a stage play when I was in my teens. When I looked around I felt like I was at the Apollo Theatre. The seats were small and the rows were tight.
There weren’t many people there at first but the sold out show pretty much filled up once Leela James hit the stage which was about 8:15. She came out on stage with that big bouncy hair and tight fitting outfit, mama was THICK and had BODY hunty! I was like yaaass work it girl. She sounded great and looked great too. She opened up her show with “Who’s Gonna Love You More” and tried to hype the crowd up saying “Y’all ain’t afraid of a little snow are ya?!” During her performances she pulled two guys up on the stage (separately) to dance with her. Why was both of them chewing gum like cows chewing on grass lol. When it came time for her performance of “Fall For You” the whole crowd started screaming and she started to cry a little. During her last performance of “Let’s Do It Again” she invited the whole front row up on stage to dance and somebody’s uncle/grandpa was getting it lol. Couldn’t tell him nothing. She sang 7 songs and after her set was over they went for a quick intermission.
Raheem Devaughn came out around 9:00 and I must admit…He was one of the artists that I was not checking for like that. I always thought his music was good and I liked his singles, but when he first hit the scene I saw two bad live performances and from that point on I always thought he was a studio singer. So I must say that I was not excited to see him. BOY DID HE SHUT ME UP AND PROVE ME WRONG! First of all the first thing I noticed was that big bulge in his pants when he came out. I mean did he take a Viagra before he hit the stage? Did somebody whisper somethin in his ear before he came out? Ion know but it was fine by me! He started off with “Bulletproof” which has such a powerful message and is so relevant to what is going on in the world today. I was bouncing in my seat. He took us back to old school music and followed up with “When You Love Somebody”. You know how a song get to speakin to you when you drinkin that brown liquor…yeah that’s what that was lol. You know when Maddog was sittin there drinkin talkin to himself in Jason’s Lyric…yeah that’s what that was lol. During his performance he grabbed himself quit a few times, humped the staged, and even went out to the crowd and humped a girl in the audience. I’m sure somebody got pregnant up in there. He sang 7 songs as well. Before he closed the show he mentioned his nonprofit organization that brings awareness to domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, mental illness and many other things affecting our community. I’ll provide the link below. So yeah, the whole time during his performance I was lookin like this…
There was another intermission and Ledisi came on around 10:00. Babaaay when I tell you she was giving I AM THE QUEEN when she stood at the top of those steps. Giving sexy sultry eyes and a sexy walk she let us know she has arrived and she came to put on a show. She opened up with “Lose Control” and man this woman’s vocals though! I messed around and didn’t record the scatting that she did cause I was so much in awe. She is one of the few that I love to hear scat. She played around with the audience about being too stuck up when she talked about sex. I can just imagine the looks on some of the older folks there lol. At one point she let her background singer Danetra Moore take over the rest of a song and when I tell you that girl can blow! Various “YOU BETTA SANG GIRL” was heard throughout the crowd. During her performance she told a story and took us through the three stages of a relationship with her song selection…the beginning, the middle, and the end or new beginning. When we got to the end/new beginning of a relationship she spoke about her new acoustic album titled “Intimate Truth” and she performed the acoustic version of some of her songs. One of those songs was “Stay Together” which features Jaheim but since Jaheim wasn’t there she playfully sang his part. Before she closed out her show she went out to the crowd and up to the balconies to show them some love. One of my friends, who is a huge fan and is also a singer, was up there and she got a bomb picture of Ledisi while she was standing right in front of her. She closed the show around 11:30 with “Bravo” and spoke to the audience about following their dreams and not giving up. I know she was preachin to somebody and somebody needed to hear that message.
Overall the show was the bomb and I advise everyone to go see them next time they are in town, whether together or separately cause you’re gonna get your monies worth. I think out of all of them I enjoyed Raheem Devaughn the most. I don’t know if it was because I doubted him and I was shocked at his vocals or because he was unbuttoning his shirt lol. Anywho I got my life and get yours too lol. Peep the pics, links, and videos below…
Sidenote: This man sitting directly in front of me head smelled so bad y’all. I mean like he hadn’t washed it for months. Just a bunch of dandruff, cheap grease, and whatever else. I just know every time he moved I got a serious dose of it. I’m talkin bout GAG reaction. SMH and he was too damn old for that. And his girlfriend next to him ought to be shamed. How you keep your hair cut but it still smell bad
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The grown and sexy was in the building at Medusa this past Thursday for Lyfe Jennings show. There were definitely a lot of lovers there too, I’m assuming because it was two days before Valentine’s Day. I called myself wanting to get inside early so I could get a seat because I really wasn’t in a turn up type of mood, but I unfortunately got hung up in the parking lot across from the club. Usually there is a parking attendant there and you just hand your money to them and they give you a ticket. Well I guess the city or whoever owns that parking lot decided they didn’t wanna pay people to stand out there anymore and replaced them with an electronic parking meter. It was cold as hell, the birds above me freaked me out a little (I was afraid I’d get pooped on), and people were taking forever in this long ass line. I finally made it inside around 9:15 and all the seats where taken. I heard DJ Phil on the one’s and two’s so I decided to make my way up to the DJ Booth to say hi. After speaking I headed back downstairs and copped me a seat and crowd watched. Once again nobody wanted to get out on the dance floor so they all just stood around it and danced where they were standing. It literally was only two couples who didn’t give a damn, they went ahead and stepped to the music on the dance floor. After some time DJ Phil said something like “alright y’all ready for Lyfe Jennings to hit the stage” and literally everybody started rushing to the stage. I looked at the time and I knew it was too early but I followed suit because I wanted a good spot.
KJ Midday from 105.7 came out to introduce Lyfe and promote the stations cash giveaway and after she stepped off the stage a guy in the audience decided he was gonna start singing one of Lyfe’s songs super loud. The crowd joined in and next thing you know seemed like all of Medusa was singing along. Lyfe jumped on the mic and said “sound like y’all done started without me” and then made his way on the stage around 10:30. He started out with his song “My Life” and sang about 8 songs along with a few snippets. Of course he closed the show with his hit “Must Be Nice”. Lyfe is known for his realness and his lyrics being relate-able and he kept it real and let us know he did not have a specific format/order to how he was gonna perform.Throughout the show he struggled with the mic and we kept getting that high pitched feedback through the speakers. At first he was too low and he kept asking them to turn him up, seemed like he asked about 5 times. Then it seemed too loud at one point. Nevertheless he sounded great and so did his background singers. During the song “S.E.X.” he took a backseat and let his background singer Ms. Netta have the spotlight for a moment and she did her thing.
All in all it was a good show even with the technical difficulties. I wish he would’ve sang all of “Hypothetically” but it’s all good. The only other thing I didn’t like was I was standing next to a girl who decided she was gonna sing loud in my ear. Girl I came to hear Lyfe not you. Honestly because of the technical difficulties he asked the crowd to sing along and seemed like the whole crowd did. Tickets were about $30 and it was pretty packed but not so packed that it was uncomfortable. The show ended around 11:30. Check out the links, pics, and videos below and don’t forget to like, share and comment…
Sidenote: Sooo after the show they said Lyfe would be taking pics with fans in the VIP section so I moseyed on over there and made sure I was RIGHT on the rope. I figured a pic with him would be good for the blog. When I tell y’all those girls pushed and shoved and acted like wild animals, I just couldn’t take it anymore. Especially since there seemed to be a certain “type” he was choosing to take pics with once he got there. No shade but you would have thought it was Trey Songz or Chris Brown the way those women were actin. I was like bump this I’m goin home, it ain’t that deep to me.
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.
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”
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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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?
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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