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Event Review: 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.

https://www.facebook.com/kenneth.wade.5832

 

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: 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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Links:

http://www.reverbnation.com/alsacecarcione

http://www.officiallukejames.com/

My Videos…

Alsace Carcione and Diva Sol

Luke James

Youtube Videos…

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DMA Late Night Block Party

If you enjoy live music, a big crowd, good food, and art this is where you need to be every 3rd Friday of the month! It’s for all ages from 6pm-Midnight and it’s FREE! Well everything but the food and parking. You can enjoy the exhibits and programs inside the museum or hang out and socialize outside and just enjoy the atmosphere and live music. The Klyde Warren Park is a nearby hang out spot also.

I suggest getting there early because I got there around 7:45 and all the decent priced close parking lots were full. I wound up paying $15 and had to walk like a block or two. Plus I missed the Dallas Mavericks street team and cheerleaders and the drummers. So I’m assuming that whatever big thing they have going on every month will be in the beginning. What I liked most about the atmosphere is that it reminded me a little bit of back home in Philly. In Philly they throw block parties all the time, except this one here was on a larger scale. No craziness or fighting, just good vibes all around. It’s something to do when you just want to get out of the house and have a good time without spending a bunch of money.

All of the food smelled so good it was hard for me to pick what I wanted to eat, but I wound up stopping at this food truck named Rock’ Rick’s. Let me tell y’all…THAT JAMAICAN BURGER WAS THE BOMB! I’m not even a big burger person but it was nice and juicy and messy lol. The pineapple gave it that special touch. (Peep the pics below). My daughter got a Philly Cheesesteak which was ok but I’m a tough critic on those because it’s rare that I find a place (besides my brothers’ shop) here in Dallas that makes them like back home. I’ll place a link below so you can get an idea of the prices. My total for food and drinks was $17. They do have a Café inside the museum but I wanted to try the food truck.

The other thing that I liked is inside the museum they had a section where people could create art if they wanted to or observe others making art. There were two sections that I found the most interesting. One was this display that held cards with questions and answers on it from visitors. You were to take a card and read the question, then answer it however you wanted and doodle on it too if you wanted to, and then place it on the wall for everyone to see. The other section was a display of art made by visitors and you could take a piece of art already made and replace it with the one you made. Plus it’s always interesting to see ancient artifacts and learn a little about different cultures. We explored Decorative Art, Pre-Columbian, African, Asian, and others. Seeing the Peruvian counting system was a trip. It makes you really appreciate evolution.

PREPARE TO HAVE ON WALKING SHOES! We walked around that place, up and down stairs, and thru what seemed to be a maze for a good hour AND STILL DIDN’T FINISH SEEING IT ALL. Which was fine by us because we plan to go next month. By the time we were done I was ret to go because my dogs was barkin. I think next time I won’t be takin the kiddo though cause I wanna get my drink on. None the less we all had a great time and I look forward to next month. Links below for more info…

Late Nights Info…

http://www.dallasmuseumofart.org/programs/late-nights

Rock’ Rick’s Website…

https://squareup.com/market/rock-ricks

Klyde Warren Park Info…

http://www.klydewarrenpark.org/

Pics My homegirl took…

My pics…

Pics of the park at night…

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Chrisette Michelle @ Medusa in Dallas TX

 
 
OK so I’ll be the first to say that although I liked some of Chrisette Michele’s music before last night I wasn’t the biggest fan, and I don’t mean this in a negative way. Even though she is considered an RnB artist, her music is very much influenced by Jazz. I like some Jazz (Boney James, Sade, Pieces Of A Dream) but it’s very seldom that I actually buy an album. Despite the fact that I love and buy all of Chrisette Michele’s singles, the only album I’ve ever bought was the first one titled I Am.  What I’ve realized about myself, especially after last night, is that I tend to like the more up-tempo jazz music better live than the record. In all honesty what made me buy a ticket for her show was seeing her on the TV One show RnB Divas. Her personality, style, and the peek into how she is behind the music scene is what made me want to go. Plus a friend of mine is one of her photographers and I knew he’d be there and I wanted to catch up with him. Needless to say I was completely blown away by her performance. Get into these details….
 
I decided to get there early because of what happened at the Donell Jones concert. I will say I got in there quicker than I did last time. Evidently they found a better and faster way to check tickets. I strolled up into Medusa around 9:15 and chopped it up with my friend by the bar for a while. Then while he made his way backstage I moved closer to the stage to make sure I had a good spot. I must say out of all of the concerts I’ve been to that had DJ’s mixing this one did his thang. DJ Phil really was JAMMIN! I didn’t drop it like it’s hot this time though lol. The crowd was mostly people that looked to be in their 30’s and it was a sprinkle of some older folks and couples. Sometime after 10:30 the radio personality from 105.7 came on stage, hyped up the crowd, and then introduced Chrisette Michele but she didn’t come on stage. Everyone was just standing there like umm ok where is she??? So the DJ went back to playing music then around 11:00 she finally graced the stage looking GORGEOUS. She opened up with her song “Epiphany” and immediately the crowd started singing along. I must admit I don’t know why but I thought she was only going to be very poised with very little movement during the show much like how she was in her video for “If I Had My Way”. But honey I was wrong! Bae Bae Ms. Chrisette grooved across that stage all night. And I swear like three times I thought she looked right at me lol, I don’t know maybe I was trippin. She also performed songs “Golden”, “Charades”, “Let’s Rock”, “What You Do”, and “Mr. Radio”. One of the songs I really liked that I hadn’t heard before that had me like oooh I gotta go download that was “Supa”. I think what impressed me the most about the whole performance was how she was able to capture my attention, how she connected and interacted with the audience, and how she was able to bring about certain emotions within me. Cause when she sang “Blame It On Me” and “Better” I promise I was all up in my feelings! Especially when she got to preachin. When she was saying “I deserve someone that will love me and make me feel better” inside I was just like YAAASSS I DO! Where is my Mr. Right? Yes all in my feelings smh. At some point she introduced all the members of her band and they each did a quick solo and I gotta say homegirl picked some great musicians because they were BAD! (in good way)I am a sucka for a great band. Halfway through the show she hooked us up with her version of Erykah Badu’s song “On and On” which I’ll have posted below. The Grammy Award winner and 10 times nominated artist for multiple awards closed the show with her single “A Couple Of Forevers”. The show ended around 12:30. Her music is so relatable and I think like most people I personally had gotten used to liking commercial music that didn’t have much depth or meaning to it. Going to this concert allowed me to take a step back and recognize good music again.
 
 
 
 
Overall the show was great and I most definitely wouldn’t mind seeing her again. I really don’t have much bad things to say about the show. Sometimes the music seemed to be louder than her and you had to listen hard to understand what she was saying but that didn’t happen a lot during the show. I feel like I got more than my money’s worth (ticket was $30). She also made sure to mention Mike Brown and how we need to love one another and the police brutality needs to stop. If you’ve been under a rock somewhere and don’t know about the Mike Brown controversy I heavily suggest you Google it. She also promoted her new website richhipster.biz which is a website that showcases art, music, fashion, and more. Be sure to go and check that out. After the show was over I linked back up with my friend and we went to eat at a place down in Deep Ellum called Buzzbrews. If you haven’t been I suggest you go if you’re ever in the area and get their chicken quesadillas cause it was the bomb.com. Anywho I had a great time. Chrisette Michele is a dope artist, her voice is truly and instrument, and I look forward to her future project The Lyricist Opus. Peep the links and my personal videos below and don’t forget to share my blog 🙂 …
 

Sidenote: Why halfway through the show I realized I needed to wipe my camera lens and I figured out a way to make the video clearer. Unfortunately some of the video footage I have the music is too loud so I didn’t bother posting. :-/

CLICK HERE TO VIEW HER NEW WEBSITE

Here are my videos from the show…

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Beyonce & JayZ On The Run Tour/AT&T Stadium

First off I have to say I will be forever grateful for my brother getting me a ticket and giving me the opportunity to experience Beyonce and JayZ live in concert. Everybody close to me knows how much I’m a huge Beyonce fan. I mean I don’t have posters of her on my walls, her t-shirts, key chains and stuff like that with her name on it LOL. But I’m pretty damn close to being that type of fan. So much that I actually get upset when people say they don’t like her and they are automatically a hater in my book. Cause I mean what’s not to love about Bey. And likewise I have been a fan of JayZ since…well I won’t say since the beginning, more like since The Hard Knock Life days. I think most people were annoyed with all of my Beyonce and Jayz video post that I made on my Facebook page the day before LOL. I was too turnt. Anywho this review is going to be different from the other ones because I’m not going to go from start to finish.
 
I’m going to start off with the good things first. The concert was supposed to start at 8:00 pm but my brothers fiancé and I didn’t get to our seats until around 8:30, so it was a good thing that they weren’t on time. (we expected that anyway) The concert started at 9:00 AND THE PLACE WAS PACKED! Whoever said they weren’t selling tickets, well I don’t know where they got that info. There was no opening act. Les Twins showed up and showed out as expected. Those guys are definitely two of the most talented dancers I’ve ever seen. If you don’t know them Google them, they used to dance for Michael Jackson. Of course her other dancers and musicians did an awesome job as well. Bey (my cousin in my head) looked FAB in her outfits and even hit us with some popular new dances like the Nae Nae. Half of the songs she did were songs off of her latest self-titled album, and the other half were songs from previous albums. She sang “Pretty Hurts”, “Bow Down/Flawless”,  “Single Ladies”, and one of my favorites “Resentment” just to name a few. Every time she sings Resentment I tear up. I FEEL YOU GIRL! JayZ moved across the stage like the cool and smooth dude that he is performing “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” and “Tom Ford” off of his latest album Magna Carta…Holy Grail. He also performed the oldies but goodies “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” and “Big Pimpin” where he paid tribute to late great rapper Pimp C by rapping his verse. They basically took turns performing and there was no intermission. I thought it was cute that they played on the rumors of them splitting but ended it by basically saying at the end of the day Love is what’s most important. Beyonce also performed a cover of Lauryn Hill’s song “Ex-Factor” and I thought it was great. Let’s see what else was good… ah the lighting and special effects, the good company I was in, and my margarita drink. This was my brothers fiancé and I first time spending a significant amount of time together alone and I feel like we bonded a little. The other good thing I will say is when it came to parking, we parked down the street from the stadium for $20. It didn’t take us that long to get back to the car, even though it seemed like it did cause we were tired, but we got out of the traffic a lot sooner than the people that were parked in the stadium parking lot.
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Now on to the bad things… *sigh*… I’m gonna choose my words carefully because the last thing I want to do is sound ungrateful. Whenever someone does something for you, especially from the heart, the last thing you wanna do is say something bad about it. But I have to be honest to my readers. The view from our seats wasn’t good. I was in section 445, row 4, and seat 10. I will post pics below so you can get an idea of where I was. I would not have minded the location of the seats if they had showed the concert on the jumbotron which was the big screen that was directly in front of us. But unfortunately they didn’t. It came on at the beginning of the concert to show a clip of the On The Run film and then didn’t come back on until later throughout the show. At first we were thinking maybe there was some malfunction but we soon realized the only time they were going to turn it on was to show clips of the film. I was highly annoyed and disappointed by this because even though there was a screen down below next to the stage I had to lean a little onto my neighbor to get a decent picture and better view. Also at the beginning of the show there was no sound in our section. We could hear sound in the distance from other areas but not ours. At some point I noticed a guy who looked like he worked for the stadium come by and about 20 minutes later the sound was on and we could hear. Even though now we could hear, there still remained a bad echo throughout the entire performance. Had I not known the beats and every Beyonce song I would not have known what song was playing because I couldn’t understand what she was saying half of the time.  As for JayZ we seemed to be able to hear him a little better but because I couldn’t understand what he was saying some of the time either, there were I think 3 songs he did that I have no idea what they were. My phone was no help either. I got a new one with a better camera and every time I tried to zoom in it got even fuzzier. Then when I tried to take pics of the screen below the light was too bright and it wasn’t showing the image correctly on my phone. A lot of the pics and videos I took I ended up deleting. Beyonce sang a song called “Haunted” and even though I like the song I feel like she should’ve chose a different song to sing than that one. Not because she sounded bad but I just felt like she had plenty of other upbeat songs she could’ve chosen from. So for future reference, anybody that is considering buying the nose bleeds seats, I would say to be sure you are in clear view of the screen below and to make sure you bring a good camera because they may not turn on the jumbotron. The only performance that they showed on the jumbotron was the very last performance of them singing and rapping “On The Run” and also showing videos of precious little Blue Ivy. Although the visuals and special effects were awesome a lot of smoke came up from the sides of the stage, and if your view is from the sides of the stage your view is blocked from seeing them on stage sometimes. The show ended I believe a little before 12 am.
Beyonce & JayZ On The Run Tour/AT&T Stadium
At the end of the day I feel blessed to have had the experience and to say I’ve been to a JayZ and Beyonce concert…for free at that. Even with all the negative things and the disappointment I still had a good time and from what I did catch on the screen below they put on a good show. Please like and share the review because I would really love to know what other peoples experience was.
 
Sidenote: Why were a lot of women wearing heels and skin tight freakum dresses? Looking like a fool wobbling back to their car smh. There was one particular lady that stood up the whoooole entire time dancing and we kept laughing at her but at the same time was worried she would fall over the balcony. She was turned up for real. I don’t know if she was drunk or just a huge Beyonce fan, nonetheless her boyfriend was completely unbothered by her and the show.

Peep the pics and the videos below (some including videos from other shows)…..

Videos I recorded…

The best zoomed in pic I have of Bey

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Tamar Braxton @ The House Of Blues In Dallas/Love And War Tour

YAAAASSSSS HUNTY TAMAR DID THAT!.. Ok let me calm down and get into it.
First of all I called myself getting there an hour early at 7:30 to miss the long line and to hopefully get a really close view of the stage. Umm NO! The Tamartians (the name of her fans) was not playing! The line was already down the street when I got there but at least I wasn’t too far behind. Once I got inside I made my way to the stage where K104 DJ’s Aye Bay Bay and DJ Star entertained the crowd with a mix of old school and new school music. DJ Aye Bay Bay was a fool and had me crackin up but the other DJ was doin that 30 second snippet bull that gets on my nerves. Every time I started dancing and getting into a song he switched it. DJ’s STOP DOING THIS! It’s annoying as hell!
 
The show was supposed to start at 8:30 but Tamar came out around 8:50 which isn’t bad at all. Honey once she did everybody on the floor moved even closer to the stage and this lady and her wig in front of me was messing up my view. During the whole show I had to maneuver around her so I could see. She started out the show with her song “She Did That”. The speakers were waaaay too loud at first. I barely could hear her. The rest of the show I could hear her and she sounded good live as expected.  She didn’t have background doo whop pop chicks like she likes to call them lol but she had some dancers, and the men were fiiiiine. I think they were the same dancers she picked out on her show Tamar And Vince. She danced her ass off poppin it and droppin it to the floor. She danced so hard that the 37 year old had to have “several seats”, as she would like to say, during the show. She kept it real with her fans and let us know she was tired lol. All throughout the show she gave us plenty of DIVA with the hair flips, pose for the cameras, 3 different wardrobes, and gay lingo. She semi preached and told stories to her fans at the beginning of her songs about finding the right man, keeping that man, and when to let a no good man go. She was speaking nothing but truth and I gained another level of respect for her after that. My favorite song off the album is “Pieces” and when she sang it she did good but she didn’t kill it like I wanted her too. I think she was a little out of breath but it was ok. At some point during the show I heard someone yell “OMG VINCE!” and I turned around to see him passing through the crowd right behind me. I was like Oh Hey Vince. Iif you don’t know who Vincent Herbet is, google him. Ok so back to the show, did I say how fiiiine her dancers were lol. During one of her wardrobe changes the two male dancers came out and danced shirtless for the crowd. I mean they were dancing so good I was lookin for some dollar bills to throw. The girls were going crazy. Someone behind me yelled “you know they gay right?!” I turned around and turned up my lip. UGH who gives a damn if they were gay or not they was workin it and they were FINE! LOL.
 
 
 
She closed the show by bringing four fans up to the stage with her to sing her #1 platinum selling single “Love And War”. I will say I enjoyed the show but I don’t EVER want to have standing tickets again. Almost three hours of standing and dancing, no thank you. I felt sorry for the girls tryin to be cute in high heels. On the way to my car one girl took her shoes off and left them there on the sidewalk. I think she sang all of her songs off the album, I don’t remember her singing “The One” but I could be wrong. Depending on how much I like her next album I wouldn’t mind seeing her again. I will say if you are not a fan of her personality this was not a show you would have wanted to go to. She brought every bit of sass like she has on her shows right along with her so I wouldn’t suggest going to her concert just because you like her music . Tongue pops and all. I’m not gonna lie when I initially saw some clips of her live performances and outfits on Instagram prior to going to her show, it did remind me of Beyonce. But she made sure you knew the difference between the two. I never once thought of Beyonce during the show. After the show was over Vince came by with security a second time, this time literally right in front of me. So close that his elbow rubbed up against my boob lol. Anywho she sang her ass off, I was entertained, and I gotmylife.com  🙂 *In my Tamar voice* YEAH BABY! Peep some clips from The Braxton Family Values and some of the songs sang below…

P.S. I promise I’ll get a better camera soon



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Donell Jones @Medusa In Dallas TX

 

This particular show I ain’t gonna lie, I was not in the mood to go to. I had been doing homework and writing papers and just wanted to chill at the house. But I don’t like wasting money, not even a lil bit so I put my big girl panties on and dragged myself to the show.  I was thinkin if I didn’t go I’d be kicking myself for it later on. The tickets were $25 which was not much but still. I didn’t make it a point to rush to get there after my experience at the Jon b show with him not showin up until 12. I met my homegirl in the parking lot and we headed on into the venue around 10:30. Medusa is a club that has changed names and owners to my knowledge at least 3 times. It used to have a younger crowd full of teens and 20 year olds. The last time I was there when it was another name I had a not so pleasant experience so I did frown a little when I learned Donell Jones was performing here.
 
Once we got into the club….UGH! Okay this place really needs to get a better system going and figure out a better way to handle checking tickets. We stood there for about 15 minutes along with several other people frustrated as hell at how slow and seemingly unorganized they were. Next thing we know while we’re still standing there waiting on these people to get it together, we here “WELCOME TO THE STAGE DONELL JONES!!!” I gave my homegirl the look like are you serious??? Lesson learned you never know when an artist is gonna be early or late. They finally let us in while he was still singing his first song. The crowd was full of grown folks. Some were VERY GROWN and obviously on that brown liquor lol. The interior of the club hadn’t changed much mainly just the audience. The style of the club was more grown and sexy but the setup was the same basically. I got me a drink and we headed closer to the crowd in front of the stage.
 
Donell Jones was giving so much sexy and swag (even though I hate to use that word) and gave really good stage presence.  The black suit, hat, and dimples just did it for me. WHEW! MM MM MM! He looked very in shape, like he lost weight since the last time I saw him. The first two songs I didn’t recognize and it was hard to even hear what he was saying because the music was so loud. It was also hard not to notice the very young looking DJ behind him on stage. My friend and I assumed it may have been his son. The rest of songs I could hear him well and he sounded just as good as he does on the record. He hit the high notes good and even though he worked the stage very well he didn’t seem out of breath. At one point I looked around and realized we were surrounded by couples slow dancing with each other. I felt some type of way but had to shake it off. His DJ seemed a little inexperience, which I’m not surprised because of how young he looked but he did ok. There was this one awkward moment where I’m not sure if he messed up or if Donell Jones just decided on his own to play another song.  During one song some lady threw her panties on the stage and he was like I’m not sure if my wife will like this but don’t tell her I took them lol. He sang a total of about 11 or 12 songs including “You Know That I Love You”, “Love Like This”, “Where I Wanna Be”, and ended with a snippet of “You Know” off his latest 2013 album titled Forever. He also sang “U Know What’s Up” and I thought he was gonna say something like RIP Left Eye since she did do the remix with him but he didn’t. I’ll list all the songs he sang at the bottom like usual.
 
 
 

The show closed around 11:45 so he was up there for about an hour. While we were headed back to the parking lot a group of people behind us were complaining. One guy in particular was yelling and cursing saying he wanted his money back and that Donell Jones hardly sang. And he kept saying he had the crowd sing the songs for him and the music was too loud. Well I don’t know where he was standing but the music was only too loud to me in the beginning. And yes he did engage the crowd and had them sing a couple of times, but not during the whole show. I feel like I got my money’s worth. I mean I didn’t go to club and dance, I went only for the show. I wouldn’t mind seeing him again. I’m glad I got up and went. Check the links below :-)…

U Know What’s Up

Where I Wanna Be

Shorty Got Her Eyes On Me

You Know That I Love You

Knocks Me Off My Feet

This Luv

Love Like This

My Apology

You Know

The full 2013 Album Forever Below

Forever Album

UPDATE: I later linked up with the DJ that worked this show and he told me he lip synced the whole show. AIN’T THAT ABOUT A….

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