On April 20th, 2013, R & B groups BLACKstreet and Dru Hill as well as R & B producer extraordinaire, Teddy Riley, took the stage at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford to a standing room only crowd. Dru Hill (And yes, for all you "Thong Song" fans, Sisqó was there) opened the show with their debut hit single, "Tell Me" and their forever-famous rhythmic hop. Though the choreographed hop was a little slower and a bit robotic, no one really cared because hey, everyone at the concert was moving a little slower. This has to be the first concert that I’ve attended where the chairs in the handicap section were filled to capacity. However, as I looked at the people sitting in this section, I could tell that they were not handicapped because a handicap person does not get up every 2 minutes when their “jam” comes on. No, these individuals were TIRED! Tired of standing up, tired of waiting for the groups to come on, and tired of competing with the younger girls who can actually wear a pair of 6 inch pumps. (I’m only saying this after seeing scores of high heeled shoes vacantly parked and off to the side.) But even though father time has slowed some of us down, no one was tired enough to leave without seeing these groups perform.
Friday night was a New York type of night! First, the New York Knicks won their first road playoff game in over ten years, to take a commanding 3-0 game lead over the Boston Celtics in their first round match-up. Then, Gramercy Theatre welcomed Hip-Hop legend, Lil' Kim for her first solo show in the city for at least a few months. The show wasn't heavily publicized and Kim acknowledged that she really only had 2 days to prepare, but New York City (and Jersey) faithful showed up to support the Queen Bee. Hip-Hop executive, Kevin Liles, was also in attendance for the nearly at capacity show.
R & B superstar and RCA Recording artist, Miguel made a special guest appearance at the Sony Flagship Store in midtown to promote their latest creation, the Sony X Headphones. Miguel snapped pics with fans and then stuck around for a mini exclusive, intimate performance for a select group of individuals.
New York--SOBs was rocking on a Wednesday night in frigid New York. The temperature was about the average age of the performers outside, but inside the venue was a sweat box. Chicago-native and Maybach Music Group signer Rockie Fresh and a handful of newcomer rappers were looking to set the stage ablaze, making the weather one of the last things on the minds of audience members.