This past Thursday, #TBT held up to exact meanings on the campus of Bowie State University when the #FanTheFlame homecoming throwback concert took place at the Leonidas S. James Complex.
When we arrived, the doors to the venue had not opened yet, but that didn’t stop the students and alumni alike from coming out. The lines to see Dru Hill, Trina and Backyard Band were long and running down through the yard of the campus…this is the type of fanfare that you want at a concert experience. As soon as the doors opened, the crowd started rushing in to take their rightful spot either directly in front of the stage, or off to the seated areas to the side.
The concert was brought to the campus and produced by Briclyn Entertainment, which is spearheaded and founded by Anshia B. Crooms, a proud Bowie State University alum. Briclyn’s ability to bring a throwback concert to a college campus, whose base demographic were barely even walking when some of the acts were prominent in the music career, showed the true power of how good music will never go out of style.
Mr. Bowie himself, Cool Ant was not only the host of the show, but he was one of the main acts during the comedy portion, which also featured two other comedians, all from Baltimore.
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Something new for the city of Baltimore is the recently announced “Horseshoe Summer Concerts” hosted by the Caesars entertainment brand.
As many may now, the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino opened up last summer to much fanfare since it would be the first major Las Vegas style casino within the city limits that would also be responsible for bringing a slew of jobs along with it.
Starting June 13, 2015, the FREE concerts will take place outdoors on the PLAZA of the casino grounds, with Sara Evans headlining the inaugural date. On the next night of shows, which coincidentally is the following night, June 14th, R&B stars Dru Hill and 112 are set to take the stage. All shows are free of charge and will take place from 12noon – 6pm. We’re happy that there are more entertainment options being brought to Baltimore to give people something to do, considering everything that has happened over the past few months.
Baltimore Horseshoe Casino Summer Concerts 2015 lineup:
June 13: Sara Evans
June 14: Dru Hill & 112
June 27: Wayne Newton
June 28: Color Me Badd & Jagged Edge
2015 sees a resurgence in many of our favorite artist from the 80s/90s hitting the tour circuit, case in point, take a look at what’s being branded as the “Spring Jam” (Spring Fest in some markes) tour. On the upcoming mini tour that sees only a handful of cities, you’ll have the privileged of seeing influential musical acts such as Keith Sweat, SWV, Dru Hill, Ginuwine, Slick Rick, Jon B and others. Check the dates below to see if the show is coming to an area near you, and although the dates are few and in between, with a line up like this, we can only hope that the tour schedule is extended to a full on tour. Check the tour dates below and get your tickets at Ticketmaster.com
2015 Spring Jam Tour Dates:
Feb. 27 – North Charleston, sC., North Charleston Coliseum
Mar. 6 – Tampa, FL., USF SUn Dome
Mar. 14 – Baltimore, MD., Royal Farms Arena
Mar. 20 – Hampton, VA., Hampton Coliseum
Mar. 21 – Charlotte, NC., Bojangles’ Coliseum
Mar. 27 – Jackson, MS., Jackson Convention Complex
Mar. 28 – Louisville, KY., KFC Yum! Center
Mar. 29 – Philadelphia, PA., The Liacouras Center
Apr. 3 – Greensboro, NC., Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Apr. 4 – Coral Gables, FL., BankUnited Center
October 1st at the historic Howard Theatre was a great way to start off the fall concert season in the DMV.
The night started with Dru Hill’s ‘little sisters’, a group marketing themselves as ‘The Bad Girls of R &B’ (ala Total) by the name of Aviance. The show did not start on time, something that personally annoys me, but I realize $h*t happens. The girls started their set that included a few covers including an impressive rendition of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Dumb. They put in work to involve the crowd in their performance and survived an otherwise unforgiving DC audience. However, I don’t know if it was the sound engineer at the venue or a flaw in the tracks they were performing to but the music was so loud that I could barely hear them and I was close enough to smell their breath. Also loves, work on not counting before you sing a capella. It is awkward for the audience.
These beautiful young women are very talented, make sure you catch up with them on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram (@AvianceMusiq).
After a brief intermission, the curtains were drawn, the band cued up and the crowd roared with anticipation. It was time for Nokio, Tao, Jazz and Sisqo to take to the stage.
Performing their hits including ‘In My Bed’ (both the original and the remix), ‘Tell Me’, ‘Beauty’ and ‘5 Steps’. These men have more energy than groups I have seen half their age. It was like watching their videos from the 90’s right in front of you. The only thing that was missing was some candle wax for Nokio. Vocally, they are still on the top of their game and continue to impress me at every show I attend. I do admit, I was a little non responsive when I was analyzing everything for this review but you can only take so many of your songs coming on before you have to go in.
Some other surprises that were a part of this show were that they were filming this for their first ever concert DVD. Sisqo also took to the stage to perform some of his solo material that included his newest single ‘A-List’.
I have said it before and I will say it again. If you have never seen Dru Hill live you are doing yourself a complete disservice. Oh and Sisqo I wasn’t looking uninvolved on purpose, lol. I was working man.
Make sure you all check out the DVD when it is released, the videos below and stay tuned for updates on future shows.
“Tell me what you want, tell me what you need..” You can’t tell me that that song doesn’t make you want to stand up and do the Dru Hill bounce.
I have had the pleasure of covering a Dru Hill show previously and when I tell you that show took me back; lawd. The nostalgia you get listening to all of their hits is whole other experience. Dru Hill are LEGENDS who took over the 90’s and now they will be taking over the Howard Theatre on October 1st.
Make sure that you check out this show! Tickets are available NOW and other dates for Dru Hill are listed below.
October 2nd – B.B Kings – New York, NY
October 17th – Music Hall Center – Detroit, MI
October 19th – Saenger Theatre – New Orleans, LA
November 15th – NFE Arena – Orlando, FL
December 31st – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA