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!

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.

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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!

Electric Lady Electrofies The House of Blues

Janelle Monae

photo by Marc Baptise

Janelle Monae had the house all the way turned up, electrified, and funktified all at the same time. Leaving no doubt in the minds of anyone who thought this small sized beauty couldn’t hold her own. Though she came in peace, her music caused some rhythmic (and not so rhythmic from the looks of the guy dancing next to me) convulsions.

Set design – all black and white.

Band’s look – Musicians dressed in white lab jackets while her background vocalists dawned black and white striped 60’s styled tops with black legging.

Music/Sound/Sight – All the instruments were well blended. I did take issue with the lighting during some of the songs because they seemed like they were out of place from time to time, but that’s just me. Hell, those kind of things really don’t matter when the rest of your body is movin’ and groovin’. I will say that the electric guitar player was so freakin’ awesome that I wondered from time to time if he was that purple paisley man…….you know who I’m talking about. He put the jaaaaaaaaam in jaaaaaamin’ (that was not a typo!). Janelle’s vocals were powerful yet sweet and majestic. She stopped to diffuse a situation that was happening in front of the stage, and asked the parties involved to hug. They did, and the party kept on going. GIRL POWER ROCKS!!!

She did all of my favorites Cold War, Electric Lady, Tightrope, Dance Apocalyptic, Q.U.E.E.N, and more. I’m sorry for not listing her set, but I was jammin’ so don’t judge me.

Opening Act – Roman GianArthur. Another new force in the industry. He started out with a song that was a blend of Prince and James Brown, sprinkled in a cover of “Bag Lady”, and hit us with a seductive bassy tune called “I-69”.  The only downfall was him ending with a cover song. I would suggest ending with “I-69”; however, I honestly can’t wait to hear more from this guy.

Does An Eargasm Count?!

Petrice and Brothers Osborne I walked in and these brothers were telling everyone to, “Mix It with Rum”. That’s when I new I was in the right place with the right kind of people.

The Brothers Osborne hit The New 93Q studio today, and I thought I was in music heaven. No frills and thrills with these guys, just some good ol country. That hip slappin’, foot stompin’ kind of sound that tells a story so vivid it all plays out in your mind as they sing. It’s hard for me to pick my favorite song, but I must say that “Love the Lonely Out of You” made it hard for me to keep my ………..boots on. Ladies, this song should come with a warning sign! The soft strumming of the guitars during this song took me to a place y’all. Let’s just say I had a musical eargasm that I did not want to end. If you’re ready for your own eargasm, DO NOT miss them live. https://www.facebook.com/BrothersOsborne

Petrice  and Krystal KeithIn the words of my grandmother, “that girl can sang!”

I had the pleasure of hearing Krystal Keith this morning at the 93Q studio, and all I can say is WOW! She has such a soulful flare mixed with that true country sound that reminds me of the greats that you never get tired of hearing. Krystal did a rendition of Son Of A Preacher Man that took me to church. Can I get a amen?! Krystal’s voice will convert those who claim they are not really in to country music.

You will do yourself an injustice if you miss out on Krystal Keith http://www.krystalkeith.com/