THE SUFFERS COME HOME

by Petrice Douglas

suffers-4The Suffers at House of Blues in Houston – photo by JoBrea Neal

The beginning acts were too good for me not to give attention to in this review.img_9723Ishi – photo by JoBrea Neal

Let me start with Ishi who I had never heard of prior to the show. I knew that the music had to be something different by the looks of the band, and I was rightfully surprised. The lead vocalist looked like ZZ Top borrowed clothes from Willie Nelson who borrowed clothes from his Native American friend who borrowed a few accessories from George Clinton. As weird as it sounds, it was actually very intriguing and fit well with the performance. The style of music was just as blended with a bit of pop, disco, techno, and folk coming together to make one incredible sound. I have not heard it put together like this, and it seems like Ishi has scientifically mastered this form of art. A fusion of music that I REALLY like and want to hear more of it.

jmsn-1JMSN – photo by JoBrea Neal

Another opening talent that I am a new fan of is JMSN. This guy put out so much soul! The depth of his voice filled the house as he crooned out songs from his new album “It Is”. JMSN is as talented on the guitar as he is vocally, and hit us with a few moments of guitar solos. Bass player Taiki added some funk to the soul that kept the crowd funkyfied (funkyfied – new word that I made up to describe the feeling I was feeling at the time). Something else that was a first for me and very eye catching was the design of the drummer’s cymbal. It was cut into a long spiral shape and hung down to the floor. It was so unusual that I just wanted to jump on the stage and hit it one time. Give it up for the bad ass drummer with the bad ass cymbal!

WELCOME HOME TO THE SUFFERS! It was awesome having you home if only for one night.img_9873photo by JoBrea Neal

KAM! KAM! KAM! Did you have to kick it off with “Gwan”? THAT’S MY JAM!

You have to be hard of hearing or just plain old stupid if you do not feel the high power of music while listening to The Suffers. I am so fascinated with The Suffers from Kam’s vocal ability  and infectious tone to the band’s instrumentation skills. No instrument over shadows the other, and they have the perfect marriage of soul with a big band sound. Kam’s powerful voice commands attention with every word. Pulling from her soul, she ejects heartfelt emotions that are so free and uplifting. It was like I was watching my best friend performing on stage because she was real and personal when speaking and transitioning from song to song. Telling us how the group has been touring full time for the last two years with 400 plus performances in that time span, and that they no longer make excuses when it comes to creating new music. YES! I am here for that y’all. They then gave us a bonus of musical magic with their new song “I Think I Love You”……..oh yes I do.

The night continued to be one big happy soulful jam fest. We all enthusiastically took in every ounce of musical energy The Suffers cast upon us. At the end of their performance the love didn’t stop, and the band mingled and took pictures with fans and friends while The Waxaholics kept the music going.

ENCORE PLEASE!

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Kirko Bangz Day In Houston

by Petrice Douglas

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photos by JoBrea Neal

November 22, 2016 is officially Kirko Bangz Day in the City of Houston. Ashley Turner presented him with a proclamation during his “Back Flossin'” concert at Warehouse Live on Tuesday in front of a packed house. In true Kirko fashion not making the day all about himself, fans were treated to the concert for free with a canned food donation as part of a benefit effort with Houston community leaders. Notable local talent such as Tim Woods, DJ XO who is also Kirko’s DJ, Neekdaskittz, MC Beezy, Final Draft from Atlanta, and several others opened up the show.

Congratulations Kirko on your well deserved day!

ScHoolboy Q Blank Face in Houston

by Petrice Douglas

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ScHoolboy Q at Revention Music Center – Houston                             photographer – JoBrea Neal

 

Fans filled into the Revention Music Center for the first Texas stop of ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face Tour.

First up – Joey Bada$$. Kicked the night off and warmed the crowd up real good.

Headliner – ScHoolboy Q. Doin’ what he do!

Groovy Tony is what we call him, and he came out blazin’ that “Gangsta” right out the gate. Tie-dye hoodie and dark shades all in tact. The crowd went crazy! I must admit that I went a little crazy myself because the music made me do it.

No over-exaggerated staging or dancers were used in his set. The simple yet very captivating stage lighting and tour logo as a backdrop was all that was needed to compliment the sound. Honestly, with lyrics like the ones ScHoolboy Q spit he doesn’t need all the extra shenanigans.

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ScHoolboy Q

Though the crowd was jumping and moshing throughout the night, I think he expected a little more. He compared us to the crowd he had a few months ago at Warehouse Live, and said that he didn’t feel that same energy. In the words of our First Lady, when they go low we go high. That was all it took to get the crowd all the way turnt up. From “Blessed” which had the best light show of the night to “Collard Greens”, all I could see were hands in the air, bodies moshing, and dancing crutches. Yes, someone had their crutches in the air like dancing batons. That’s the kind of power ScHoolboy Q gives off, and it made us feel unstoppable.

One Hell of A Duo – Blaze and Black

By Petrice Douglasphotographer - JoBrea NealBlaze and Black – House of Blues September 2, 2016

We should have listened the first time when we heard about the fusion of sounds and cosmic energy hip hop duo Blaze and Black bring to the stage. All we have to say is, “they are one hell of a duo!”

The two along with band The Artthrobs layer r&b, pop, and hip hop to create a nice palatable sound that keeps you wanting more. The lyrical flare and high energy Black exudes across the stage is infectious while Blaze’s vocals help you feel every word.

More on Blaze and Black

Don’t Believe Me Just Bite

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STOP THE PRESS RIGHT NOW! Somebody just said this burger is a vegan burger. Stop lying! Tell the truth and shame the devil.

Yep, it’s true. What you are looking at my friends is vegan deliciousness with double no-meat and all from the new love of my life Green Vegetarian Cuisine, 6720 Chimney Rock Rd., Houston, TX 77081. I went ahead and put the address and you can thank me later.

I’ve tried this restaurant three times. Once to try it out on DoorDash, once to see how the restaurant was personally, and once because the food was so freakin’ good the other two times that I had to go back again. Even people that are not vegan or vegetarian go for the fever from the flavor of what they have on the menu. The Cauliflower Hot Wings are soooo good. A tiny bit of crunch with a nice mild buffalo sauce. I’ve also had the Real Deal Enchiladas, and they ARE the real deal for real FOR REAL. I’m telling you that you will not know the not-meat is not “real” meat. I’ve tried other things on the menu, and I have not been disappointed at all. My family agrees with me that this is THE go to spot when we want to eat out and not have to worry about compromising our health for tasty food.

One word of caution – they are not open on Saturdays.

 

Straight Outta Breath…

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because that’s what I was when I saw Todrick Hall’s Straight Outta Oz. Babbyyyyyy, if I tell you that it will take your breath away. EVERYTHING about it is exceptional from the visual, the music, the transitions from one song to another, the way the music coordinates with the visual, the creativity of it all. I have not been this excited about a creative work like this since Michael Jackson. Yes, I said it…..Michael Jackson. No shade Lemonade.

OVER 1 MILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE AND COUNTING!

Not only is Todrick doing it, but he will be doing it LIVE on tour starting July 7th. I know I will be in the house when he comes to Houston. Believe me when I tell you that you need to see Straight Outta Oz right now. Here is the link so you don’t have any excuses not to stop what your doing (Because I’m done with this post. Thanks for reading.) Straight Outta Oz

Best to Todrick!

Kevin Hart is the bearer of laughs in “The Wedding Ringer”

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“The Wedding Ringer”
Director: Jeremy Garelick
Cast: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco

Rating: Me + 2 (that’s three stars on a four star scale for those who are confused)

I must start by saying that I was fortunate enough to attend the preview screening in the presence of Kevin Hart and Josh Gad live and in person in my city Houston, Texas. They were both there to introduce the film and sat down for a Q&A afterwards. So, I’m going to do my best not to be biased in this review. When celebrities take the time to show my city and the fans love, I really get excited.

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This is a comical bromance between Doug Harris (played by Josh Gad) and Jimmy Callahan (played by Kevin Hart) who are trying to pull off the wedding stunt of a lifetime.

Doug is desperately in need of a best man and groomsmen as he prepares to marry the hot chick (played by Kaley Cuoco). Jimmy Callahan is hired as the best man and talent scout for the groomsmen. Jimmy channels Bic Mitchum and pulls out all the stops to make this friendship as believable as possible, but the antics he uses to prove it are quite hilarious with a touch of kindness.

What I really liked about this film was the balance in characters. Kevin and Josh’s on screen connection was so organic that neither out shined the other, nor did any of the supporting characters seem unnecessary.

My favorite scene – Doug and Jimmy’s dance was so freakin’ funny!

My least favorite scene – The dog issue was a little over extended.

Viewing party recommendation – couples (straight/gay) who like to have fun, brothers, guy pals/buddies, females 23-43, college students

 

Review by Petrice Douglas
KH-TV.COM contributor

Hip Hop Makes A Boom In Houston

Last night I watched the BET Hip Hop Awards with family ranging between the ages of fourteen and twenty-three. No need to tell how old I am, just know that I am a very grown woman. Ha, I set you straight!

There were some very good points and a lot of not so good points in the show; however, most of the good came from more seasoned/old school hip hop artists. I watched the faces as the younger ones in the room smiled and made that “ooooo” sound during the cyphers when Treach of Naughty by Nature, David Banner, and even Remy and Papoose did their thing. I also watched them look in awe as Doug E. Fresh made his acceptance speech, and then get their groove on as he and Snoop took the event to that level of entertainment that we all love. The conversation was also brought up how Brandy, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, and Queen Latifah “turnt up” without showing their booty cheeks and brought a REAL sense of sisterhood and empowerment to the stage. When was the last time you saw that among females in Hip Hop? I must admit that there were a couple of newcomers that were able to keep us all on the same page…..notice I said a couple. I find it sad that the new ones we all did like were in the cypher but are not heard on main stream radio.

My point – Houston may have finally got it right when it comes to Hip Hop.

On this past Monday, what was News 92 became BOOM 92 (92.1FM on your Houston dial). This is a 24/7 Old School Hip Hop station!!!!!!! Why am I so excited? I can finally turn on my radio when I need a Hip Hop fix and not have to figure out what the artist is saying or feel violated. THANK YOU RADIO ONE! Believe me when I say it’s not just me who is overly excited about this new station. A co-worker of mine who is a white male in his early twenties told me that he and his team (different races and ages) on his other job have been listening to it nonstop during their shift. This is what the heads at Radio One wanted, a station that can have people of all races and ages to tune in and enjoy the music and culture of TRUE HIP HOP. 

Boom there it is!