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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. :-/

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Here are my videos from the show…

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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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