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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

 Nar'Kiss

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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Alsace Carcione Takes Home The Title of DDFW’S Master Of The Mic

Listen I am still hype from this past Saturdays DDFW Master Of The Mic contest! I didn’t even know anything about the show until the week of because I hadn’t been on social media for like a month. I also had no idea that this contest had been going on for months and this show was the last one with 6 finalist. Mark Spits and Madame Mims represented Fort Worth, Pudge Brewer and Ritchy Flo represented Denton, and Alsace Carcione and T. Lindsey represented Dallas. Celebrities D.O.C, Dorrough, and Erykah Badu were the judges. I wasn’t even going to do a review for it because I mainly went to show support for Alsace and knew I wasn’t going to be able to stay for the entire show. But I’m just so happy about her win that I had to make a post.

I got to Tree’s at 8:30 and the place wasn’t quite packed yet but the DJ already had people on the dance floor pop locking, break dancin, and dropping it like it’s hot  having a good time. After finding out the time that Alsace would be going on, my company and I decided to go across the street and eat some nachos at Fuzzy Taco’s (YUM 😛). We hung out there for almost an hour trying to pass the time then headed back to Tree’s. By then more people had packed in and a fella by the name of Mike Lackey was on the stage beat boxing and warming the crowd up. He did a good job, I have no complaints. But hey guy if you’re reading this, I would like to see more videos on your instagram page!

My company and I sat back and watched more people pour in and take pictures in front of the huge Master Of The Mic background. Different races, different styles, different ages, different everything was in the building. The place was filled with artist and people who loved art. It was quite a unique crowd and I loved every bit of it. My company, who is very picky about music, bobbed his head to DJ Snoopi’s mix and gave me the look of approval. The first act to hit the stage was Pudge Brewer from Denton. Unfortunately he didn’t hold my attention. I won’t say he was bad because I don’t think that at all. I was running into people that I knew and also chatting with my company so my attention just wasn’t fully on the stage.

Around 10:30 Alsace came full force starting her set off with a cover of “Killing Me Softly” and who else would be more appropriate to sing along other than her music partner Diva Sol. She then followed up with “Ain’t Goin” hyping the crowd up even more. THE BAND…OMG I mean they were amazing!  Even the host gave them their props.  I looked over at my company who was seriously enjoying “Black America” and “Been Grindin” (his fav) bobbin his head. Oh but when she did “Time Travel”…let’s just say there’s a reason I don’t have video footage for it because I was singing and dancing hard the whole time. And I saw you Alsace up there jiggin lol. The audience was absolutely feeling it too. Diva Sol went into straight up Rock Star mode during “Been Grindin” and started swingin her braids. Girl do you have whiplash after that lol? There was no surprise that she performed the song “Have Mercy” dedicated to her mother who is battling cancer, being as though this was such a special moment for her. As I watched Alsace take over the crowd, I couldn’t have been more proud of her. By the end of her performance both me and my company looked at each other and said she’s got this. 

Next up was Madame Mims, who to me seemed like she got a bigger introduction than the previous artist, but that’s neither here nor there. Her style is different and maybe even a little eccentric. It was something that I think I would have needed to listen to before seeing it performed. Honestly transitioning from Alsace to Madame Mims had me feeling like my high was coming down. And I’m not just saying this because I’m a fan of Alsace. A performance is a performance regardless of who I’m familiar with and not familiar with. It just seemed like a slow start. Like when you’re watching a movie and you’re like COME OOOON GET TO THE GOOD PART. I will say she had a nice flow though, there is no denying that. I left shortly after so I didn’t get a chance to see her full set and I hate I missed the others as well. My company really wanted to see some of the other male artist but it was getting late and he had work in the morning so we had to burn out. When I woke up the next morning and saw the good news I literally shouted.

Even though I didn’t get to see the other acts, I’ve seen the hard work Alsace puts in day in and day out to reach her goals (in her personal life and as an artist). That, along with the way she captured the crowd while going from one sound to the next and transfered her energy and emotion into the crowd, was more than enough for me to feel that she deserved the title of Master Of The Mic. The first ever to be exact. Congratulations again champ 🙂

To the other finalist reading this, so sorry I missed your performance and congrats on making it to the final round. Hopefully I’ll get to catch you guys at your next show. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Terrence because I have been seeing all the buzz online about him.

I know usually I post the videos below via Youtube but I have actually already posted them on my Facebook page so you can head over there and check them out at http://www.facebook.com/shelly80sbaby2
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Concert Review: J. Cole @ Gexa Energy Pavilion/Forest Hills Drive Tour

J. Cole put on a great show and had everyone super hype last Sunday (August 23rd) at Gexa Energy Pavilion. I gathered so much footage that I literally could let the videos speak for the review. I damn near recorded the whole show lol. But I’m not going to do that I’m still going to give y’all a lil sumthin sumthin lol.

 

I had originally bought two tickets for my boyfriend and me at the time, and since he wasn’t able to make it I had to ask a bunch of people at the last minute did they want to go so the other ticket wouldn’t be a waste. Everybody seemed to be busy or just couldn’t make it. At one last attempt I made a facebook post asking did anyone want to go with me, do you know only one person responded!!! Shout out to my homie! Thanks for going with me! But unfortunately he didn’t get off work until 7:00 and the concert started at 6:30. I know, kinda early compared to other shows I’ve attended. I’m assuming because it was on a Sunday. We didn’t arrive to the gates until 7:17 and by that time we had missed the opening act, which was YG. I wasn’t too worried about it because I don’t follow his music much but my friend was highly disappointed. I had never been to the Gexa Energy Pavilion so I didn’t know what to expect. So many people were strolling in late just like us. Once we got inside I was surprised to see all the concession stands and it kinda reminded me of the fair. The fair and the Pavilion are right next to each other so it makes sense. After we grabbed our food and drinks we headed to our seat just in time to hear Big Sean hit the stage around 7:30.

 

Big Sean’s set was….cute. I’m not a huge Big Sean fan and hadn’t really paid too much attention to his music other than what I’ve heard on the radio. I don’t know why but his voice is a little annoying to me so it’s only so long I can listen to him rap. But after seeing his performance I am interested into listening to more of his music. His beats are really good and some of the music that I hadn’t heard before had my head bobbin. What I didn’t like about his set was it was entirely TOOOO MUCH FOG! I mean like how we was supposed to see you Sean? I had good seats mind you but in order to actually see him I had to look up on the big screens that they had, which by the way was always a few seconds off. I could see his body but not clearly. And it didn’t make for good video either. Nor did the other special effects he had like the bright flashing lights. At least not on my little 13MP camera. It was just a lot going on. Kinda seemed too extra. The stage props were cool. During his performance he talked about Dallas being the other D-Town besides Detriot and his love for the city. Overall his performance was cool, he had great energy, and it was just enough to get the crowd hype for the main act.

 

J. Cole opened up with his Intro to his latest album Forest Hills Drive and proceeded to perform the entire album along with “Lights Please” and “In the Morning” from his early mixtapes. The crowd sang/rapped along to every single lyric and you could tell J. Cole was overwhelmed by all the love. The humble artist joked about not actually knowing where “St. Tropez” was and not knowing what the abbreviation for LED lights means. He also preached about hood mentality and appreciating what you have instead of complaining about what you don’t have. He brought out Jeremih toward the end of his set to do their new hit song “Planes”. At first I thought Jeremih was listed on the show because he was going to be the opening act. I don’t think he performed first but I’m not completely sure because we got there so late. I don’t think he did though when you consider the time Big Sean started. J. Cole did like most artist do and played like the show was over but came back out to do “Crooked Smile”, “Can’t Get Enough”, “Work Out”, and closed the show with “Power Trip”. I liked J. Cole’s performance the best not just because I’m a big fan and he was the main act, but because I could actually see him! LOL. His visuals in the background were really dope too. Made for good pics.

 

Even though my friend left the show early to try to beat the traffic, we still wound up sitting in it for awhile AFTER I was walking for what felt like 30 mins trying to find him. Even though I didn’t go with who I was supposed to I was able to shake it off and enjoy the show. As a fan I’m proud of J. Cole and how far he’s come. The Forest Hills Drive album is a great album from start to finish and this show represented it very well. Now even though this is somewhat unrelated, I can’t wait til Kendrick Lamar brings his butt back to Dallas. Drake too.  Anywho check out the links, pics, and videos below….

 

 

https://twitter.com/YG

https://instagram.com/yg/

http://www.yg400.net/

https://twitter.com/BigSean

https://instagram.com/bigsean/

http://uknowbigsean.com/

http://www.jcolemusic.com/

https://twitter.com/JColeNC

https://instagram.com/realcoleworld/

Concert Review: Snow Tha Product @ Trees/The Rest Comes Later Tour

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.

Danny F Dot

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.

Curtis Mayz

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!

Alsace Carcione

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.

Audio-Push

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…

https://twitter.com/dannyfdot

https://instagram.com/dannyfdot/

https://www.facebook.com/DannyRYFTA

https://twitter.com/curtismayz

https://curtismayz.bandcamp.com/

https://instagram.com/curtismayz/

https://alsacecarcione.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheAlsace

https://twitter.com/thealsace

https://instagram.com/thealsace

https://www.facebook.com/AudioPush

https://twitter.com/AudioPush

https://instagram.com/audiopush/

https://www.facebook.com/SnowThaProduct

https://instagram.com/snowthaproduct/

https://twitter.com/SnowThaProduct

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Dallas Unplugged Concert @ House Of Blues/Dallas, TX

Man I had a busy weekend but I’m still hype over the Dallas Unplugged show I went to Friday night. It was so live and I was so happy to be back on the concert scene after being gone for a while. The artists, the band, the background singers, and the DJ all did a phenomenal job and represented Dallas to the fullest. This concert was actually supposed to go down earlier this year but do to the bad weather it had to be rescheduled. I’m so glad they didn’t cancel it all together. The performers were Kirk Thurmond and The Millennials, Diva Sol, Judgemental and The Jury, and last but not least Alsace Carcione. I had the pleasure of meeting Alsace and Diva Sol previously when they opened up for Luke James at the House of Blues and I’ve been a fan ever since. I was super excited to see them shine again at their own show.

The concert was set to start at 8:30 and I was supposed to be there early to meet and connect with people but time just wasn’t on my side. I didn’t get there until 9:00, which was just in time to see Kirk Thurmond and The Millennials performing their song “You Ought To Know”. Never mind that there wasn’t many people there yet because these people still rocked the show as if they were at a crowded stadium. They offered up feel good music that was definitely pleasing to my ears. The music seemed to be a mix between pop and soul and I could hear the Stevie Wonder influence as well. They were playin the mess out the guitar and one of the background singers was definitely feeling it lol. Their set included other songs “Dancing Like You Do” and “Chasing You” which I like too. I’ll continue to support and follow this group on their journey. They actually have a show coming up soon at Josey Records in Dallas on June 27th so if you are free I suggest you go check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

There was a brief break and by now more people started pouring in just before Diva Sol with Soulful Soundz took the stage. I’ve actually seen her perform twice before Friday. The last time I saw her perform was at Mario’s show at Fame Bar and Grill and she killed it then and she killed it Friday too. The band and background singers were amazing and just made the performance even more complete. She performed one of my fav’s “Quality Time” and I got to hear a new song that I hadn’t heard before called “Beautiful Liar”. That joint was nice too. If you like Jill Scott and Lala Hathaway you’ll enjoy Diva Sol’s music, it is neo soul/rnb music that will have you bobbin your head and snappin your fingers. I like how she remixed them a little during the show too. I will say she got the party jumpin. Her song “Quiet Screams” always makes me wanna make a late night phone call lol. The lighting was perfect and I was right up on the stage so my pics came out better this time around. Although there were a couple of camera guys that kept getting in my way I managed to get some good footage.

Next up was Judgemental and The Jury. I let my boyfriend watch their video for their song “Bang Bang” before we went to the concert and he was really feelin them. Their sound is definitely southern and Texan. Reminds me of Bun B and Pimp C. While rappin about life’s struggles and politics this group is bringin the real to hip hop and I think it’s about time we had more people representing Texas in the rap game. Especially Dallas, Texas.  During their performance this older woman stumbled onto me and was like “Oh excuse me baby, BUT THAT’S MY SON ON THE DRUMS RIGHT THERE YAAASSSSS!” and literally spit all on the side of my face (of course on accident). I was like ooookay and just wiped my face on my shoulder lol. Anywho I look forward to hearing more from this group, they were good.

Now for the lady of the night the talented Alsace Carcione…words cannot express how proud I am of this one here. The progress that she has made and the growth I’ve witnessed in what seems like such a short time is just amazing. She really put on a show! The intimacy and how she connected with the audience proved why the support was so real for her. She hustles so hard like her song “Been Grindin” and I can’t wait for the day when I see her on the big screen. Her emotional performance of “Have Mercy” had everybody in the audience damn near in tears when she was discussing her mother and her fight with cancer. She pushed through the song and I’m sure her mother is very proud. The way she was able to take us from hardcore lyrics and beats to emotional neo soul to bouncin party vibes shows how versatile she is as an artist. She performed most of her songs off her latest album Cryptic Conundrum including “Hazy Thoughts” (my fav), “Come Too Far”, and her latest powerful single “Black America” which is so relevant to what’s been going on lately in society and in the news. The crowd showed so much love and me and my party thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Overall this show was off the chain and if you weren’t there you missed out. There were minimal technical difficulties which probably went unnoticed by the crowd and everybody did a great job. There really isn’t anything bad I can say about the night. A girl did try to push up on me in front of my boyfriend which tripped us out but it didn’t ruin the night. We laughed about it later. Well check out the links, photos, and videos below and don’t forget to like comment and share. 🙂

Links

https://www.facebook.com/KirkThurmond

https://twitter.com/kirkthurmond

https://instagram.com/kirkthurmond/

https://divasol.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/bookdivasol

https://instagram.com/divasol1/

https://www.facebook.com/RealityMusicEntertainment?fref=nf

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOCp6Fmdsc0sD9Yh-7vFbkg

https://www.facebook.com/TheAlsace

https://twitter.com/thealsace

https://instagram.com/thealsace/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvwBbqPtwIryaLp5UzsZKeg

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Concert Review: Jazmine Sullivan @ House Of Blues/The Reality Show Tour

Jazmine Sullivan sang her ass off and shook her tail feather this past Friday at the House of Blues. The sold out show included the very talented up and coming artist Jordan Bratton as her opening act. Jordan performed well and Jazmine had the entire crowd going AWF! There were so many people there and there was a lot going on in the crowd before Jazmine hit the stage that I had a slight panic attack and almost left. But I stayed and toughed it out and gathered as much footage as I could for you guys. Get into the details below…

So I arrived at 6:40 and there was already a line but thank goodness it wasn’t that long. Doors are supposed to open at 7:00 but I think it was more like 7:15 once we started going in. Once I made it inside, to give you an idea of how close I was to the stage, if there were rows I would’ve been in the 4th row. The most annoying part about the whole night from beginning to end was the amount of times people kept getting in and out of their spot to go get drinks or whatever. It was the same group of people that were doing it in front of me. Now I understand leaving and coming back once, maybe even twice. But these folks did it at least about 6 or 7 times. I was so over it. Each time they did it I had to back into someone else to make room.

Jordan Bratton hit the stage around 8:00. He started out hiding a little because the lights were very dim and he had a hoodie on. When the beat dropped I literally felt like the bass was gonna make my chest explode the way the vibrations moved through my body. I think everyone around me was a little taken back by it too. He started out slow and then turned up and bounced around the stage full of energy. Some of his dance moves seemed to incorporate some martial arts. Some of the people in the audience seemed to know who he was and nodded their heads with approval. I didn’t know who he was until I came home and did more research on him. I realized I had seen him before when I stumbled across his video for his song “Stranger” and I remember thinking back then this guy is gonna be doin big things. Little did I know he was already doin big things at the young age of 9 playing Simba in Broadways The Lion King. Through his lyrics it’s clear that this guy still remains humble as he warns people about temptations and losing themselves in the fast life. He did a good job and held the crowd’s attention for the most part. There were two awkward moments though. The first one was when he asked the audience to take a pic with him for Instagram. The crowd didn’t turn up for the gram though when the pic was taken. Also during his last song there was a pause moment and everyone thought it was the end and started clapping, mainly because they were ready to see Jazmine. I don’t think it was any shade towards him. Nevertheless he did a great job. During one of his songs he had the lights flashing on and off giving a real rock star kinda feel. It was pretty cool. When he jumped on the piano and started playing he was making these facial expressions that reminded me of Tommy Davidson when he sings lol. He did about 5 or 6 songs including single “Danger” and a cover of Drakes “Hold On, We’re Going Home”.

It was now 8:30 and the quilted curtain was closed and a DJ and the back played some tunes for the crowd. This is when the moving around got to be too much for me and now I was starting to get an attitude with people. One guy who was returning to his spot got up behind me and while I was trying to move to the side he said “alright now don’t back into me like that, I might like it”. I looked at him like MAN GON ON! Then another guy moved him and his friend up next to me, which cause me to almost fall into the people on the other side of me. I gave him the evil eye and he was like “Aw sis don’t be like that it’s Good Friday”. I said “No it’s hot and I’m tired of all this moving!” Some of the people that were saying excuse me trying to get through weren’t even originally in front of us. At that point I started having a panic attack and said to myself if Jazmine don’t come out in 10-15 I’m gonna have to leave cause I can’t take this anymore. This was normal wait time for a concert but this particular crowd was very antsy and personal space was no longer an option. Just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore an announcer from 105.7 I believe began to introduce Jazmine.

It was now 9:14 and we heard Jazmine on the speakers before we saw her. It took a minute for them to open the curtains, longer than usual or expected. Jazmine appeared in a skin tight black leather dress with tassels hanging from the sleeves, opening up with her song “Famous”. The vocal powerhouse then continued with her first single “Dumb” off of her latest album titled Reality Show. When the crowd saw her dancing and breakin it down they got hype and started bouncing and dancing too. She continued with songs from her first two albums including “Bust Your Windows”, “Lions Tigers and Bears” , and “Holdin You Down”. She danced and had some choreography during her performances and not once sounded out of breath. She performed an acoustic version of “Stupid Girls” and killed “Forever Don’t Last Always”.  There was one guy in front of me that you would have sworn he was in church the way he was raising her hand every time she hit her signature notes. I had to keep moving so that it wouldn’t be in the videos I was recording but I think it’s in every single one lol. During the show she talked a little in between songs and spoke to the audience about self-love. I remember when she decided to take a break from the music industry but I’m so glad she was able to overcome her battles and deliver us that good music we yearned for. She has such a great voice and she is definitely a great performer as well. I have no complaints what so ever. Well I do have one but it was my fault. She started closing the show with “Need U Bad” around 10:13. I recorded some and made my way thru the crowd toward the exit. I was disappointed she didn’t sing “In Love With Another Man” but I was ready to go. I later got home and went on Instagram to look up other peoples videos and low and behold she sang it after I left. I was so hurt lol. I threw a slight temper tantrum lol. She sang a total of 12 songs but I didn’t record them all.

So in conclusion it was a great show, no disappointments from the artist or venue, only the crowd. I was a tad bit surprised there wasn’t a security check. I guess they figured Jazmine Sullivan fans ain’t gonna cause a ruckus. I sure wanted to fight some of those people though. I got a good view and the ticket was only $39. Peep the pics, links, and videos below. Don’t forget to like, share, and comment. Also follow me on Instagram for clips of the shows I go to before I post to the blog.

 

 

https://instagram.com/thegreyfocks/

http://jazmine-sullivan.org/

https://www.facebook.com/jazminesullivan

https://instagram.com/jsullivanmusic/

 

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Concert Review: Erykah Badu @ The Bomb Factory In Deep Ellum

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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

https://www.facebook.com/erykahbadu

https://twitter.com/fatbellybella

http://www.thebombfactory.com/

http://www.freemandallas.com/