Totally Twisted: The Baltimore Spring Fest Made Memories That Will Last Forever

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After what seemed like an extended winter in Baltimore, the weekend of March 12th brought with it some spring like temperatures that the whole city couldn’t wait to see, but that wasn’t the only thing that it brought.

In with the 50 degree weather blew the Baltimore Spring Fest concert. This was the second year in a row that I had the opportunity to check out this concert series, last year being the first. Presented by G-Squared Events, the Baltimore Spring Fest is what you can consider a throwback concert of sorts, set to feature some of the top R&B/Hip-Hop acts of the 1990’s, which if you ask me, was the best decade for music.

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Still Steady: Chrisette Michele Shows The DMV Why She’s Been Around For 10 Years

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As you all may know, the DC/Maryland/Virginia (most lovingly referred to as the DMV), is a relatively tough crowd to please when it comes to music, so not only to get them to come out to your concert, but also sell out the venue is quite an accomplishment. This is an accomplishment that Ms. Chrisette Michele can be proud of.

The show was presented by DCLA Productions Entertainment Company. This was not the first time that we have been to an event given by DCLA, and each time they have been extremely pleasurable experiences featuring talent who bring it on stage. With that being said, it should be no surprise that this concert that took place on February 20th would be any different.

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The DMV Packs The House For The SwaveNation Tour

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It was an unusually warm December night in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday, the 18th, but that helped set the stage for what we were about to experience. You can call this the nights of “firsts” for ConcertDaily, this was the first time that we had ever been to DC9 nightclub/venue for a concert, the first time for a late night show, and most importantly, the first time we had the chance to see Tory Lanez live.

We arrived at DC9 a bit early for the show (approximately around 10:45 pm) since it was general admission and we all know the struggle of wanting to be upfront for these kind of events means getting there EARLY. The doors to the venue hall didn’t open up until 11:30 pm so we were escorted up to the rooftop bar to stand in line. Doors finally opened up at around 11:40 pm and all of Tory’s dedicated fans, who he refers to as #SwaveNation filed their way in, and before you knew it, the place was completely packed. While taking a quick scope around the room, I noticed that this was a show full of mostly younger kids, as depicted by the large black X on their hands to show that they were under the age of 21.

A DJ came to soften the crowd up, who was then proceeded by the opening act of the night, LA based rapper Boogie. Fans were a little uncertain about Boogie until about his third song of the night where he proved his lyrical ability via a freestyle. Before leaving the stage, he mentioned that he had just got signed to Interscope records, and to be on the look out for him because bigger things were about to come from him.

Now it was time the main event! In an EXTREMELY intimate setting, Tory Lanez literally walked THROUGH the crowd to get on stage to perform to his sold out show. Donning a green flight jacket, black jeans and a black shirt that read “Swave Nation”, he quickly showed that he was there to dominate the stage and entertain his crowd of loyal fans who knew all the lyrics to his songs.  Not only did they know the lyrics, as Lanez hit the small stage, the crowd on the floor of DC9 looked like a sea of bodies, as everyone inched closer to the stage in attempts to push their way to the front. The crowd’s movements from the start to the end of the show was basically of one body, jumping on queue with each beat. He kicked the show off with a snippet of his single “Priceless,” , right before he moved into his track “In For It”.

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Oooh, I Like That: Sevyn Streeter Takes Over Baltimore

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More Than Worth It: Reflection The Summer Tour

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2015 Essence Music Festival: Friday Rewind

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We left Baltimore en-route to the historic city of New Orleans on Friday, July 3rd, geared and ready for the 2015 Essence Music Festival. Granted this was my first time covering the event as a media correspondent, this was certainly not my first time as a festival attendee. My first journey to EMF was back in 2010 on what was a last minute trip with a group of friends. After that initial visit, we were all wondering WHY we had never gone before? Was it the stigma that the Essence Fest was an event for “older” people, as we were all in our mid-late 20’s, and didn’t want to be caught partying with people our parents age? NOT at all, that’s not even what the EMF is even about, which is clearly evident in my attendance for the past 5 years (and counting)!

By the time we arrived at the Louis Armstrong airport, it was already 5pm, so we were pressed for time to get to the Superdome to collect our media credentials. If you’ve EVER been to any Essence Festival in the past, you already know how the traffic situation is getting from the airport to downtown N.O., it’s an absolute headache. Since we had a late flight to begin with and didn’t arrive into the city until later in the afternoon, we had already missed all of the day activities going on over at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

 

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After fighting the legions of people on their way to the center of the Crescent City, getting to the hotel room, dropping our bags off and getting ready, I finally made it to the Superdome, and now it was time to pick up my credentials. Walking along Poydras St. you could see that New Orleans was ready for the show to start. There were hordes of people lining the streets making their way towards the Superdome. Although this slowed me down a bit, it allowed me to walk among the masses and overhear their conversations about “how this is their first time to the festival” or “they have been coming for the past 10 years and are excited to see their girl Mary J. Blige do her thing again”.

I was greeted at the press check-in area by friendly and polite EMF staff that handed me my credentials, gave me a festival itinerary and then let me be on my way. While walking down to the press area, I took an in-depth look at the full lineup of talent, and seeing the names Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Missy Elliott, Floetry, Tweet, Omarion and Mystikal, made it evident that this years’ festival would be the year of “the comeback kid”. Not in the sense of someone falling from greatness and trying to regain their former statue, but comeback in terms of making A return.

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Review: Wale Live At Baltimore Soundstage

Regardless of the frigid temperatures that took over the area on the 20th of February, the crowd showed up and showed out. The last stop on Wale’s ‘Simply Nothing’ tour, sponsored by Simple Mobile, was in Charm City at the Baltimore Soundstage. A number of artist took to the stage displaying an array of talent. From local artist to the likes of Fat Trel and Audio Push.

Wale took to the stage just in time to settle down a crowd that was becoming just a little bit restless. At times, the events that were going on in the crowd would distract patrons from what was happening on stage. However, it was a good show overall and I would recommend catching a show when he comes to your area. Although, I would probably recommend that they don’t have so many opening acts on the next tour.

Take the time to check out a few videos from the show below and make sure to stay tuned to Concert Daily for future Wale dates.

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Review: Dawn Richard Live At The Howard Theatre

When is the last time you were truly excited about the music coming from your speakers? Honestly, I spend most of my time listening to older albums and independent artist. The radio is filled with music that sounds the same, with the exception of a few artist. With that being said, getting the opportunity to watch Dawn Richard grace the Howard Theatre stage and presenting the audience with the full ‘Blackheart’ experience was a night to remember.

If the audience was not told, I can guarantee that no one in that building would have been able to tell that Ms. Richard was sick. The vocal abilities so elegantly displayed by this very talented artist is something that will send chills up your spine. I will not start any comparisons in this article but there are only two other people who can do that to me and one I’m still waiting for Dawn to collaborate with. *Cough* Vocal Bible *Cough* [hint, hint]. Well, a girl can dream. The night included her performing songs such as ‘Titans‘, ‘Billie Jean‘, ‘Phoenix‘ (with the help of the audience), ‘Blow‘ and ‘Physical‘ (with the help of a fan).

Do yourself a favor, next time Dawn is in a city near you, check her out. If you want to see someone that is amazingly talented and you just love a good show make sure you stay tuned this site for her next tour dates. ‘Blackheart‘ is available online NOW and for a peak at Dawn’s show check out the videos below.

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Interview: Chante Moore Live at The Howard Theatre

The Howard Theatre was packed as R&B Diva, Chante Moore, took to the stage. Performing a set of songs that included the likes of ‘Candlelight and You’, ‘Chante’s Got a Man’ and many more. Involving the crowd in her show, including one very luck gentleman during her performance of ‘Baby Can I Touch Your Body’. With amazing vocals, a great band and an unbelievably entertaining show. We highly recommend that you check out this diva in a city near you.

After the show, Concert Daily was able to catch up with Chante’ to discuss the show, R&B Diva’s LA and other projects she has been working on. Check out our interview below as well as a few performances and photos.

Review: Tinashe’s ‘Aquarius’ Tour

Tinashe started her first headlining tour toward the end of November in Salt Lake City with her travels taking her all around the country. Two of the last three shows were at Howard Theatre and Rams Head Live. This is when Concert Daily was able to catch up with the beautiful singer to experience her live show for ourselves.

The show opened up with a performance from solo artist Josh London and girl group, Main Girl. Josh London’s great voice is overshadowed by the constant unnecessary movement by the artist. It makes for a very awkward experience for the audience that is only eased by the fact that he is somewhat attractive. However, Main Girl, put on an impressive stage show for a group that is just starting out. They have some development to go through but I was genuinely impressed with the overall show and the girls seem to have a good head on their shoulders. Check out their salute to girl groups before them below.

Tinashe opened the show adorning a bedazzled mask, similar to the one seen in previous promotional photos, with a walk that just let you know that she was about to slaughter the stage. You know the walk, the one that some of your favorite divas grace the stage with on a regular basis. Well, this young lady is well on her way to diva status. Her stage show gives you Janet, Ciara, and Beyonce all in one. It is her first headlining tour and there is a lot of developing to be done, but she is well on her way. With hits like ‘2 On’, ‘Pretend’, and a song by the name of ‘How Many Times’ that has grown to be a favorite. I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed her show from beginning to end.

I highly suggest going to see Tinashe while she is on tour with Iggy Azalea. Dates are posted on the site right NOW! Check out our videos below and photos will be posted soon from the Washington DC and Baltimore dates soon. Pick up her new album ‘Aquarius’, in stores NOW!