I Saw Jill Scott!!!

If you know me, hell, if you read the last post, you know how I’ve been feeling a little sad for the past few days.  Well, imagine my surprise when my friend/soror called me yesterday and told me she had an extra ticket to Jill Scott’s Block Party, complete with Mint Condition and Anthony Hamilton and asked if I wanted to go!!!!  Do cats have whiskers?  Does a bear pee in the woods?  Is this country going through it’s own hell right now? (Ok, bad joke.)  But you get the picture; OF COURSE I wanted to go!  So after saying “Hi!” to my other soror/friend Najeema after her triathlon, I proceeded to go home, shower, change, and get ready to see my crush Stokely Williams and my musical idol Jill Scott. 

We had great seats, the concert started on time, and I had an absolute BLAST!  Mint Condition, Anthony, and Jill sound EXACTLY like their albums, so you know what this means…they can actually SING!!!!  I was thoroughly impressed by Stokely, because not only does he sing, he plays guitar AND drums.  Mint Condition sang some classics and some new material from their new album.  Anthony Hamilton was great, as were his background singers.  And Jill, ah Jill…she was simply amazing!  I haven’t heard her new album yet, but I was singing along with every song from previous albums.  She sang a few of my favorites, and she sang them well. 

And, if the greatest of those performers wasn’t enough, Doug E. Fresh was the host and DJ Jazzy Jeff was the DJ!  It seriously was a party in the Verizon Center last night.  The audience was live, the performers were live, and I had a great time! 

I’m so thankful to my friend for thinking of me, probably more than she realizes.  She’s a subscriber, so I want to say “Thank You!” again for thinking of me!  Not sure where the Block Party is going next, but if you have the opportunity to go, you should!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Southern Girl Album Review: “7”

If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook, you know I’ve been talking about this album incessantly since I’ve had it in my possession, which has only been since Tuesday.  It’s very rare nowadays that you find true musicianship from people that haven’t sampled a track.  Mint Condition, a band that has been together for 20 years, has done that just that. 

Mint Condition has delivered a phenomenal album with their seventh-LP aptly titled “7”.  It goes with me EVERYWHERE, moreso than Janelle Monae.  As a musician, I appreciate those who play anything.  And the great thing about this band is that you have true artistry, and everything blends together perfectly.  Another great thing is that lead singer, Stokley Williams, sounds just like he did 20 years ago on “Pretty Brown Eyes” and “U Send Me Swinging”. 

The opening track “Can’t Get Away” is a great opener and highlights Stokley’s great voice, guitarist Homer O’Dell, and keyboardist Jeffrey Allen.  My favorite tracks are the opener, Stokley’s duet with Kelly Price in “Not My Daddy”, and the last track “Twenty Years Later”.   The total album gives you R&B, funk, and a little neo-soul.

This album gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.  This album is a classic and should be added to your music collection.  For those in the DMV and Baltimore area, Mint Condition will be performing in B-more on May 7.  And for those of you attending Essence Music Festival, they will be performing in New Orleans on July 1.  I’m tempted to go visit them in Baltimore, but my “auntie” Madeline is trying to talk me out of it.  If you have the album, what do you think?  And if you don’t have it, go get it!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!