Mint Condition @ House Of Blues Dallas TX

So I’ll start off with the basics. I went solo this time which doesn’t really matter because you kind of make friends with the people next to you. The ticket was $50 and it was a balcony seat with a good view. The good thing about having a seat is that I didn’t have to stress about getting there early. The concert was set to start at 8:00 and I got there around 7:45. Lines were short and moved fast, even at the bar. A lot of people were dressed casual chic and the ages looked to be from 30s to 50s. While at the bar getting me a Long Island a lady next to me was complaining about her $100 VIP seat and their lousy waitress. I told her how much my balcony seat cost and it seemed to make her even more pissed.  So I moseyed my way up the stairs and to my seat.  I had an end seat which I recommend for people who tend to get up a lot during shows. I swear the people next to me and the people next to them all got up at least about 5 times. I was lookin at them like if you make me get up one mo time! I mean really you can’t empty your bladder and get your drinks before the show or during intermission???!!! That was so annoying.
 
There was no opening act and Mint Condition came on stage around 8:30. When I tell y’all the lead singer Stokley had energy for days as soon as he hit the stage. You woulda thought he was Kirk Franklin, Diddy, and Chris Brown cousin the way he bounced and hopped all over that stage. All while being on point with the vocals! They sang all of their popular songs like “What Kind Of Man Would I Be” “You Send Me Swingin” “You Don’t Have To Hurt No More” and “Nothin Left To Say”. Also songs from off their latest album that was released in 2012 “Slo Woman” and “Girl Of My Life” along with three or four other not so popular songs. Of course they topped the night off with their most popular song of all “Breaking My Heart”. The band played their ass off giving a mixture of jazz, funk, rock, and a little bit of reggae throughout the show. They did a lot of freestyling and threw out lines like “dance so hard that your feet get crusty, dance so hard that your body gets musty” LOL. Stokley got on an extra set of drums and showed off his skills and at one point during the show the bass guitarist played lying down on the stage. The concert came to a close some time around 10:30.
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The only thing I can say I didn’t like about the performance was that a couple times they seemed to stall and try to stretch the show. For a group that’s put out 8 albums since 1991 I felt like they could’ve did better with filling the time. Stokleys scatting got to be too much at one point too. IDK maybe you have to be a really big jazz fan but I got tired of it after awhile. All in all was it worth the price and time?… I’d say yes. I feel sorry for the lady who spent $100 for VIP though. Would I go see them again…probably not. I think one experience is good enough for me. I enjoyed the show but not so much that I’m anxious to see them again.
 
SIDENOTE: Let me talk about this foolishness in the parking lot after the concert. I may have witnessed a very interesting hustle lol. The parking lot I was in had only one way in and one way out. One car held everyone up and had everyone sitting there for at least 30 mins. Then all of a sudden a guy walks over to the Entry side and lifts up the bar and starts letting people out that way. All while this car is still blocking the Exit side. People were giving him money for letting them out. My ass drove right on past him and kept it moving lol. I don’t think the guy worked as a parking lot attendant because there was no booth and it was all electronic. I really think it was a hustle.
 
Anywho links to their music is below 🙂 …
 
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The Road To Essence Festival Event @ Walmart in Dallas TX

 
This past Saturday I attended The Road To Essence Festival event for a short while before I headed off to my nephews birthday party. The event was free and featured artist The Walls Group, Avery Sunshine, Seven Streeter, & Tank. I went mainly to see my boo Tank but unfortunately I was only able to see the first two acts The Walls Group and Avery Sunshine. It wasn’t a waste of time though  because they did such a great job they gained a new fan. Because the event was located at what we like to call the ghetto Walmart I expected it to be a huge turnout, but it really wasn’t as many people as I thought it would be. I know one thing next time I go to something like that I will make sure I put on sunscreen and bring a fan cause it was hot as fish grease and I got sunburn 😦
 
So let me start off with The Walls Group. This one teenage girl that was sitting next to me WENT AWF as soon as they hit the stage. I mean she was screaming and hollering like they were Mindless Behavior or something. I was so lost but she knew all the words. When I say these youngins sounded so good live with all that bouncing around and dancing they were doing on the stage. I was thoroughly entertained and impressed with how well they did. This gospel group is from Houston Texas and the first artist to be signed to Kirk Franklins new label. They sang their songs “Satisfied” and “Perfect People” which had me on my feet swaying from side to side. It was refreshing to see a young group of kids singing positive music that kids can dance to and feel uplifted. It wasn’t surprising that RnB artist Brandy is one of their inspirations being as though one of the girls sounds just like her. Needless to say I’ve downloaded their music already and look forward seeing them in the future.
 
Moving on to the soulful Avery Sunshine…This woman is bad!…in a good way lol. I love her personality and her voice. She’s from Chester Pennsylvania which is a suburb of Philly, HEEEYYYY my hometown lol, and she’s been doing her thing for some years now. She had some technical difficulties at first with her keyboard but they quickly got it together. She kept saying “now who messed with my keyboard” lol. She was funny. When she opened her mouth to sing it was like Ledisi, Jill Scott, and Chrisette Michele all rolled in one. She sang her song “I Got Sunshine” from her 2010 album Bigshine which is feel good RnB music. I wish I could’ve stayed to hear more but I had to be on my way to my nephews birthday party.

Peeps check these people out ASAP. Step away from the twerking music for awhile lol. I posted the links below to the songs they sang at the event. Next time they do an event like this I’ll make sure to share it on my facebook page because its definitely worth going to. IT’S FREE and good music. They also had meet and greets with the artist. What beats that! ~
 
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Concert Review: Daley Concert @ Trees In Dallas TX/Days & Nights Tour

I’ve been a fan of Daley since the 2011 Those Who Wait mixtape, which is dope by the way if you haven’t checked it out. I purchased the tickets (for about $22 each)for this concert way back in February and had been anticipating going ever since, but I must say the evening did not start off very well and I wasn’t even sure if I was going to go. Unfortunately the person I planned on going with had missed a connecting flight and I was left scrambling about 2 hours before the show to find someone else to join me. Being as though I’m also still getting over a cold I started to give up and stay home. Luckily after asking 7 people, about half of them didn’t know who he was, I finally got someone to go.
 
Doors opened at 7:00 but we got there right at 8:00 which was when the concert was supposed to start. Trees does have seating in the balcony areas but unfortunately we got there too late and had to stand (THANK GOD I PUT DR. SCHOLLS IN MY FLATS) BUT we did have a very good view of the stage. The place was decorated with guitars and artist pictures all over the walls. Pictures that resembled huge album covers. They played neo soul  and some modern rnb music which was fitting for the crowd that came to see Daley. It was packed but not too crowded where you didn’t have elbow room and it was a sold out show.
 
Here’s where it gets a little weird…. Everybody in there was vibing grooving and singing along to the music being played and then the curtains open around 9:00, everybody screamed thinking it was Daley but it was actually his opening act Jessie Frye. Jessie Frye and her band are from Denton, TX and their sound was pretty much like rock/alternative. Nothing like Daleys music. The crowd was VERY disappointed and kinda just stood there like UGH WHERE IS DALEY??? Now the band and leading woman was jamming and she was a good performer, but it was a little unexpected. Plus there were people there that had been standing since 7:00 and they were a bit agitated. A couple of people in the crowd tried to hype everyone up but it didn’t work. They performed about 4-5 songs and everybody was pretty much OVER IT. When they came to a closing everyone pretty much cheered mainly because they were glad they were getting off the stage.
 
About 40 mins later Daley graced the stage and belted out those high notes that we live for and put on a hell of a performance. I don’t want to tell too much of the show but he sang goodies from his mixtape and EP’s like Those Who Wait, Game Over, and Spent. He also did more than half the songs off of his album Days & Nights. Those included singles Alone Together and Look Up. Throughout his performance he did medleys of throwback joints from Usher, Chaka Khan, Mint Condition, & Jill Scott. His perfect soulful voice, the lighting, and the intimate setting made couples slow grind with each other all over the place. The fact that he had the crowd singing damn near every word proved that he had true fans that had been following him since the beginning and he seemed so humbled by it. Once the concert was over most people left I think because they had been there waiting for so long. If my feet wouldn’t have been hurting I would have tried to stay for a picture and autograph.
It is definitely a concert I won’t forget and l look forward to seeing him again the next time he’s in town. Standing for about 3 hours with cough drops to sooth my throat was totally worth it for this experience. The only thing I regret is not having a better phone to take pics and record videos. I recommend anyone who is a fan of artists who sound just as good live if not better to go see Daley when he’s in your city. That mixed with good prices and feel good music makes it a win win to me.
 
P.S. Hopefully next time they will have an opening act that’s in the same genre as him.
 
Check out pics I took and three of his youtube videos below 🙂
 
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