Summer overflows with music festivals, concerts, etc. I didn’t get to nearly as many events as I would’ve liked, but what I accomplished wasn’t too bad.
Nine months of waiting. Four hours on a bus. One pair of rain-ruined shoes. Believe the hype, the Broadway musical Hamilton is everything! It chronicles the life of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant who became George Washington’s right-hand man and the nation’s first Treasury Secretary. The beauty of Hamilton is that people relate to the play on different levels:
- history buff
- theater lover
- soap opera fan
- hip-hop head
If you EVER have the opportunity, PLEASE see the play. It is phenomenal!
If you were around in the 90s, you could not escape I Love Your Smile. Shanice may be known for light, pop-y tunes, but that booming voice is nothing to be messed with. She sannnnng several of my favorite songs. She and musical partner B. Slade, slay their cover of Janet Jackson’s I Get Lonely.
Legendary lyricist + multi Grammy Award-winner = Issa yes! People turn out in droves (even tailgating) for the hip-hop meets r&b show of Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill. Nasty Nas flows through classics such as Street Dreams, N.Y. State of Mind and You Owe Me. It’s nice to see L. Boogie in her element as she performs Fugees hits along with re-arranged songs from the groundbreaking The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Before you ask, yes, Lauryn Hill was on time. Of course, they team up for If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).
Less than 24 hours later, the Baltimore County African-American Cultural Festival brings After 7 and singer/songwriter Eric Roberson. People in folding chairs are front-and-center for a good view of the 90s trio. Eric Roberson closes out the show with little time to perform (not his fault). To compensate for his minimal stage time, he poses for photos with festivalgoers.
Most of the concerts I attend are in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia area (affectionately known as the DMV). A trip down Interstate 95 in the middle of the week and a three-block long admission line later, I am basking in the goodness that is Brandy. B-Rocka did not disappoint, serving hits with a side of attitude.
I can’t wait for what the rest of the year has in store. Check out more pics from my real-life summer mixtape 2017.
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