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Good Laughs

In Concerts, Night Life, Uncategorized on January 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Last night we were pleasantly entertained by the comedy of Chris Paul and Huggy Lowdown of the Tom Joyner Morning Show.  We went to see them last year and thought they were hilarious.  So, when we heard on the radio that they would be in town again, we decided to give them another visit.

Appearing at the Punchline in Atlanta, both of these guys had us laughing to the point where eating and drinking was often not an option if you wanted to keep yourself from choking or spitting.  If you ever listen to the TJMS, you will often hear Huggy giving his witty remarks about celebrities, gossip, news and recent events.  Weekly, he also crowns a “Bamma of the week”, honoring the person who Huggy felt engaged in the week’s most ridiculous antics, statements, or the like.  Chris Paul can also be heard on the TJMS often summarizing the NFL games of the week with lyrics to a late hit.  The two together are an amazing back-to-back performance of side-splitting laughter.

(not the greatest iPhoto but we think it’s great that they greet all of their fans and take the time to pose for a picture.  These two are definitely not Bammas!) 😉

Although there will probably only be one performance left, by the time this is posted, be sure to look for the two to appear in a comedy club near you.  We guarantee that they won’t disappoint you.  The best thing about these two is that their comedy is relative to everyone’s life and style.  They make you feel like they were your old high school or college classmates who were just the common jokesters in your friendship circle.  They’re just down to earth funny!  And, more importantly, neither of them have an overuse of foul language or crass humor that give any moments of discomfort or awkwardness for those in the crowd.  You know how some comedy shows can be where you may fear sitting in the front row or you’re hoping that your hair and clothes are okay so you don’t get targeted into the routine.  While Huggy has a little audience participation, his witty style may actually wish you were the one who he sought for the punch line.

So, be sure to Google these two to see when and where they come to your town.

Because laughter is good for your soul!  That’s What’s Up!

Hot Tickets

In Concerts on July 22, 2011 at 12:01 AM

We don’t really see any cultural events going on this weekend in some of our favorite cities and we’ve gotten feedback that we should highlight some upcoming events that may require advanced tickets.

Of course this list is by no means exhaustive but highlights a few upcoming events in Atlanta that we think would be a good show.  We’ll put a few editions of this out every now and then and help you not to miss the next great event.

All events are listed under the venue and the venue’s website where you can read information and purchase tickets.

Hot tickets!  That’s What’s Up!

LOEWS HOTEL

***July 22

Algebra

This is a free event brought to you by Majic 107.5/97.5.  With her smooth, unique sound, this should be a nice event to here live music in a grown and sexy atmosphere!

http://majicatl.com/events/kristinablakey/majic-live-at-the-loews-hotel-with-algebra/

GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL HORSE PARK  (1996 Centennial Olympic Park, Conyers, GA)

Never been to this venue but if you want to see this group, this is where you’ll go

***September 3

Men of Soul & En Vogue

The 100 Black Men of Dekalb County, Inc. presents Men of Soul (Freddie Jackson, Peabo Bryson & Jefferey Osborn) & En Vogue.  It’s a 80s/90s reunion!  For tickets call 404-243-1044 or visit the website.

www.dekalb100blackmen.org

FOX THEATRE

We enjoy events at the Fox.  Every seat is good and although you are inside, it almost feels like an amphitheater with the décor.

http://www.foxtheatre.org/

***July 30

Robin Thicke w/Kelly Rowland & Jermih

This is a one night only event and probably right as Robin isn’t much of a performer.  We’ve never heard Kelly live but maybe she’ll redeem herself from the BET Awards.  (Hey, as long as she rocks that hat, maybe it won’t matter)

***September 14-October 9

Wicked

Haven’t seen it but was told not to miss it.  Was also told it was a good show to take the kids, particularly little girls.  Read the reviews before you drop the dollars though.  You know your kids and whether they will sit or whether they need a sitter while you go to enjoy.

***October 30

Yo Gabba Gabba Live!

So if you ditched them to see Wicked, this show is guaranteed to be for them.  And, who doesn’t love a little Biz Markie at whatever age?

CHASTAIN PARK

If you have never seen a concert at Chastain, you are definitely missing a wonderful outdoor venue.  Buy a table for the show, grab your favorite food and drinks to bring in and enjoy while you watch your favorite artist.  Don’t forget your tablecloth and candles!  You are sure to have fun times!

http://www.classicchastain.com/

***August 19 & 20

Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party with Anthony Hamilton & Mint Condition with Doug E. Fresh & DJ Jazzy Jeff

Live your life like it’s Golden!  Jill Scott always turns it out and I’m sure she won’t disappoint for this show.  And, who can resist Doug E. Fresh? This will be our first time seeing Anthony Hamilton and “pretty brown eyes” Mint Condition but we’ve got our tickets.  Go get yours now!

***September 3

Isley Brothers

Classic group with the best of the past and present.  This should be a good show with Mr. I.

***September 9

Kem w/Kelly Price

Smooth and sultry Kem should surely give you that Chastain “feel”.  And, with Kelly Price, you should be in for a treat.

***September 23

Earth, Wind & Fire

Need we say more?  These are indeed the three essential elements to a live music concert.  The fact that it’s in Chastain just makes it that much better.  We saw them here a couple of years ago and if we could bottle up the funk and energy of Verdine White, we would in hopes of moving like that when we get close to our 50s.  Heck, we’d drink it just to move like that now! This show is a must see!

MABLE HOUSE BARNES AMPHITHEATER

We also like this amphitheatre as it’s slightly more intimate than Chastain and brings a lot of great jazz musicians at great prices.  This is probably more of a traditional amphitheatre set up as the lower section is covered and then the lawn is in an open area.  We actually like the lawn here, bringing some finger foods, wine and curling up on a blanket to the sounds of live instruments.  A great romantic venue without a lot of fuss.

http://mablehouse.org/amphitheatre.html

***September 17

2011 Jazz Grooves Atlanta Smooth Music Festival

Featuring Fattburger, Nick Colionne, Jackiem Joyner, Steve Oliver, and local saxophonist Jeff Sparks.  Show starts at 1:30 pm. The gate will open at 12:30 pm.

AARON’S AMPHITHEATER AT LAKEWOOD

We’ve never ventured to this amphitheater but we hear it’s pretty good.

http://www.aaronsamphitheatre.com/

***August 13

Flashback Festival 2011

Kiss 104.1 brings back Atlanta’s biggest Old School R&B Concert for it’s 16th Annual Flashback Festival.  Not sure who the artists are as of yet but we do see a picture of Keith Sweat on one of the ticket venue sites.  We can hear him whining out the hits now.  Oooohh, all I know is…I wanna…..(LOL!)

That’s What’s Up! This Weekend~July 15-17, 2011

In Concerts, Restaurants on July 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Can’t decide what to do this weekend?  Here are a few things of interest that we’ve found going on around town in these selected cities this weekend.  Have fun.  Be safe.

That’s What’s Up!

Atlanta

National Black Arts Festival

July 14th – 17th

http://nbaf.org

The National Black Arts Festival brings “Unexpected Encounters” to Centennial Olympic Park as the center of its International Marketplace featuring more than 100 vendors and artists of handmade jewelry, clothing, carved-wood sculptures and more.  5p-9p, Thursday.  10a-9p, Friday – Saturday and noon-8p Sunday.  Admission is FREE!

Other Programming for the Festival this weekend includes:

*”Interpretations: Black Visual Art – Past, Present and Future” featuring the centennial of Romare Bearden’s birth, 8 p.m. July 14. $25-$45. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St.

*Dance Africa! 8p, Saturday & 3p, July 17 featuring South African contemporary dancer-choreographer Vincent Mantsoe, traditional South African gumboot dancing from Lesoles Dance Project, and more.  Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. $25.

*The O’Jays, 2011 Legends Celebration, 8 p.m. Friday.  Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. $35-$65.

*The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra plays its annual festival-closing concert at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 7 p.m. July 17. Free. 407 Auburn Ave., Atlanta.

Charlotte

Charlotte Restaurant Week Kick-off

July 15th – 24th

http://www.charlotterestaurantweek.com

Kick off the weekend with some of Charlotte’s best cuisines in some of the city’s upscale restaurants as they highlight special 3 course (or more) dinners for only $30/person.

Los Angeles/Long Beach

Summer on the Plaza Concert Series

July 15th, 22nd, 29th 5p-8:30p

FIGat7th (formerly 7+FIG at Ernst & Young Plaza)

http://artsbrookfieldproperties.com/Los_Angeles

Arts Brookfield presents its fourth season of “Summer on the Plaza”, a free concert series in downtown Los Angeles featuring Smooth Jazz, R&B and World Music. Leela James kicks off the event on Friday, July 15th is R&B soul singer Leela James. Next week features Grammy award-winning saxophonist Mike Phillips. Closing out the series on Friday, July 29th will be World Music songstress Lira from South Africa.  Each show opens with a live DJ set by some of LA’s hottest deejay’s, including the Grammy nominated international artist and BET Master of the Mix DJ Vikter Duplaix. Space is limited and early arrival is suggested.

Miami

Sade

Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th

www.sade.com

If you haven’t seen her yet, what better place to go to see this legendary singer than in Miami. Friday, 8p at the Bank Atlantic Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; $53.25-$153.25 AND 8 p.m. Saturday at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; $39.50-$149.50.  Go to http://ticketmaster.com for tickets.

Sheryl Underwood

Friday, July 15th

http://miamiimprov.com

 Stand-up comedienne appears at the Miami Improv 8:30 and 10:45 p.m. Friday, plus 8, 10 and 11:59 p.m. Saturday.  3390 Mary St., Miami; 305-441-8200; $25.

Funkshion Fashion Week

July 13th – 17th

http://www.funkshion.com

Top world designers showcase their new lines in individual fashion shows.

Sade World Tour, 2011 – Atlanta

In Concerts on July 13, 2011 at 12:01 AM

If you are fortunate enough to have ever seen Sade live in concert then you already know that you have seen a legend.  If you are fortunate enough to live in a city that Sade has yet to appear and will be coming to soon, then we hope you have tickets.  If not, we highly recommend you follow this link to buy your tickets NOW as you are promised a show of a lifetime.  (By the way, she’s in Miami this Friday, July 15th)

http://www.sade.com/us/live/

And, this recommendation comes from two people who are pretty discriminate about concerts.  There are some people who will buy tickets for every concert event that appears in their city.  Yeah, we aren’t those people.  We both love music but you have to admit, not everyone who produces music these days deserves for you to drop the hundreds of dollars it takes to see them live.  Furthermore, because our iPods collect very different music, we have to find concerts that match both of our styles and selective concert buying standards.

Mind you, Dennis will listen to and concert go to “Kenya’s style” of music even though there’s probably no Sade or even John Legend on his iPod.  It’s not that he doesn’t enjoy this genre but it’s just not something that makes his iPod download list.  The same goes for Kenya.  In the club, she may dance and even drop it to the floor for Rick Ross or Shawty Lo but you won’t see such music on her iPod.  And, concert going to this music for her would probably be out of the question unless it was Jay-Z.  (But, really, Dennis probably wouldn’t be found at just any rap concert either these days even if he does own such CDs).  Dennis is definitely the hip-hop and rap purchaser of music.  Kenya is more eclectic with anything from Frankie Beverly & Maze, Teena Marie, Michael Jackson, Hall & Oates to Coldplay, Sting, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and of course, Sade.  And, because she keeps the girls’ music too, of course there is also Justin Beiber, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift (of course, her album is next to Kanye West’s).

We last saw Sade over 10 years ago in Columbus, OH, and like fine wine, she has only gotten better with time.  Last night we were able to see her in Atlanta at Philips arena with John Legend as her opener.  He gave a stellar performance that created the perfect setting and mood to bring Sade to the stage.  Only one word is needed to describe Sade: Phenomenal!  With her raspy, sultry voice and beguiling beauty, Sade took the stage and lit the arena glowing as she opened with her most recent hit, “Soldier of Love”.  Her presence was captivating yet simple.  Of course her hair was pulled back into her signature look and the audience screamed with each salute she gave during the song.

One thing that we have enjoyed with a Sade concert is that you get an actual show; a performance like no other.  And, like Sade, the singer, the show is mesmerizing without overindulgence.  The graphics were purposeful and well coordinated with her songs that were chosen for the night.  In fact, many of the graphics gave visual, special effects that brought her lyrics to life.  Song after song, the voice of Sade along with the instruments of her band, had her audience swaying to the beats and living in the moment of her spirit.  She is a living legend!

Sade is actually the name of the band, named after the lead singer, Sade Adu.  Releasing their first debut in 1984, members Sade Adu (lead vocals), Stuart Matthewman (guitar and saxophone), Paul Spencer Denman (bass) and Andrew Hale (keyboard) have been playing together ever since.  Their familiarity is obvious as each member vibes together on stage to bring their unique sounds into harmony.  The music is so pure that you can’t help but to fall in love again.  (For us, it helps that two of their songs: “Kiss of Life” and “No Ordinary Love” grace our wedding montage video).  And, with all of the auto-tunes and replica instruments that indulge much of our modern day music, listening to live instruments as the backdrop to the presence of Sade and her voice was exceptional.  Matthewman plays that saxophone so sweet, you’d think there were words being sung from it.  The same thing could be said about Denman on the bass.  The melodic rhythm of their instruments just caresses your soul.

At 52 years young (born January 16, 1959), Sade has remained timeless.  She still maintains her fresh-face, youthful and pleasant appearance that we have all come to know and love.  She is not only beautiful on the outside but her presence emits a spirit that brings out a soft, sweet glow from within, especially when she smiles.  Sade keeps a low profile adding an alluring mystique that causes her audience to delight in her rare presence.  It is truly a treat to see this talented group come together live and do what they do.

For an encore performance, Sade appeared with her fourth wardrobe change in a stunning red gown to sing “Cherish the Day”.  Amongst the backdrop and a front screen of a black and white city, her red silhouette only made us want more.  While we didn’t get to hear a favorite, “Lover’s Rock”, we were truly blessed with the energy and talents of the entire Sade band.  With so many albums and songs, we would have probably been there until the next morning just to hear them all.  (And, surely, most of the audience would have stayed given the option).  But, with a band like this, we could have listened to them sing and play the alphabet!   It’s obvious that we really enjoyed ourselves and we highly pass on our recommendation for this remarkable event.

Sade.  That’s What’s Up!

That’s What’s Up! This Weekend ~ July 7-9, 2011

In Concerts, Family on July 8, 2011 at 12:01 AM

That’s What’s Up! This Weekend~July 7-9, 2011

Can’t decide what to do this weekend?  Here are a few things of interest that we’ve found going on around towns in three selected cities this weekend.  Have fun.  Be safe.

That’s What’s Up!

Atlanta

Castleberry Hill 2nd Friday Art Stroll

Friday, July 8, 7p-10p

Take a stroll through Castleberry Hill to visit fascinating and diverse galleries and get a taste of what Atlanta has to offer.  Visit local businesses and restaurants and enjoy a little historic corner of Atlanta.

http://www.castleberryhill.org/ch_calendar/art-stroll/

Find more events at: http://www.accessatlanta.com/atlanta-events/

Los Angeles/Long Beach

Long Beach 2nd Saturday Art Walk

Saturday July 9, 4p-10p

Stroll the streets of Ocean Blvd, Linden Ave, 1st Street, Broadway and Elm.

Shop local art galleries, retail businesses, and coffee shops until late evening. Anyone is welcome. Admission is free.

Find more events at: http://www.eyespyla.com/

Miami

American Black Film Festival

July 6-9

Get behind the scenes of top black filmmakers and actors at Film Life, Inc.’s 15th Annual American Black Film Festival

http://www.abff.com/festival/index.php

Find more events at : http://www.miami.com/