I finally found something to wear, cute, not too much and I was ready (thanx to lil cuzzo for the pic). Let me just say, I left early so I wouldn't be caught in the rush hour traffic of D.C, but as you know... I was!!!
Anyways I was close to just say'n F it because I got an "instant attiude" cause I couldn't find Constitution Hall (no address listed), but I remembered this is my favorite artist. I asked for directions from a taxi driver, looked to my left and right and saw people who looked like "concert goers" so I followed suit!!!
I finally arrived to the building after $18 in parking fees and two blocks of walking in 3 inch stilletos, to find out NO CAMERAS allowed. I did like every other person... rearrange my bag and walk right in. This place was crowded, everyone and their momma was there... literally.
I found my seat, the roots were already on stage (I'm late now) and I chilled and watched their show for about 40 mins. I have a newfound respect for the roots, they were on point!!! I met two cool older sisters who were psyched that I was at a concert alone and after about an hour and 10 minutes...
The lights dimmed and 5 sistahs with afro puffs walked out and moved to the beat of Amerykahn Promise, the crowd was screaming ERYKAH, I think we were expecting her to follow with her fro. One of the backup singers looked just like Erykah (sisters, maybe?). Out walked Ms. Badu and the crowd went crazy!!! She poured herself a drink and then drank it, then she pressed this little synthesizer and the show began.
You can tell that this is an artist that enjoys what she does, she was sashaying, beating on drums, the whole concert was very interactive!!! She moved on to tell us she had been still for a while and said the infamous line "I'm an artist and I'm sensitive about my shit", this led us
into her next song Me.
I actually can't remember all of the songs but I believe she performed the first seven songs off of New Amerykah. However she did perform a few songs from her past cd's On and On, Other Side of the game, Orange Moon, Danger, and the last song she performed was Times a Wastin'. The crowd wasn't ready for her to leave because I'm sure everyone was screaming or thinking Tyrone, but she didn't deliver... oh well. Let me just say, I did't realize the range of her voice, she was hittin high notes all over the place!!!
Erykah enlightened us on two things, Fear and Consumption, chick is real political. She was like they scare us (The Man) and we think we have to go out and buy things to be happy. The only thing I regret about this concert is I didn't jump on the tickets ASAP, I mean this concert was front row and backstage worthy. If you still have a chance please SUPPORT, real music with substance and not just a beat!!! F.Y.I- If you don't have the new c.d, you'll definitely need it to sing-along!!!
I didn't leave the show empty-handed, I got me a souvenir