MUSIC. IS. LIFE.
I grew up in a home where music was playing day and night. We listened to everything (except hard rock, death metal and country — BlackBarry drew the line at country, but Jenny would sneak in some Garth Brooks in the car bahahaha). To this day, my parents home, and now my home, are always playing some kind of music whenever someone is home. Personally, I like a bit of everything, but my heart lies with R&B and has since I first heard TLC’s album, Crazy Sexy Cool. I remember my dad and I would roll around in his champagne pink 1993 Buick Riviera and jam out to that album; it’s the album where I first learned that I could actually carry a tune.
If you’re anything like me and you’re a music junkie, you also love going to a good concert. Truth be told, I’m a bit of a concert snob, and I won’t go unless I have amazing seats. The best concerts I’ve ever been to are almost always R&B shows, which means that I am almost always more likely to spend my money on those shows than anything else. Prince, Beyonce, and of course, Beyonce are the 3 best concerts I’ve ever been to (in that order) in case you were wondering.
Anywho, I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but sometimes Spotify comes through in the clutch and the algorithm tells me about upcoming shows I might like. I always have a heavy R&B rotation playing on my Spotify and one of my favourite artists right now is H.E.R — I also just found out ten seconds ago that her name was an acronym for “Having Everything Revealed”. Her sound reminds me of the 90s R&B that we long for today, you know, that 90s R&B love that we all want to feel. Her sound is soulful, lyrically strong and her beats are beautiful. If you are free, I strongly recommend going to her show on November 19th, at Rebel.
Speaking of 90s R&B, the next concert on my radar this month is our favourite crooner and mastermind behind “This Woman’s Work”, MAXWELL *fans self* — you remember the scene from Love and Basketball. If you haven’t watched Love and Basketball, I am going to have to insist you stop reading right now and go watch it. Immediately.
I digress. So, back to what I was talking about — Maxwell is in town at the Sony Centre on November 26th and we can all reasonably assume that every woman between the ages of 27 and 50 will be there waiting for him to sing This Woman’s Work. I’ve never seen him live, but have heard nothing but great things about his performances. BLACKsummers’night is one of my favourite albums by him.
The next show happening that I really care about is John Legend on the 27th, also at the Sony Centre. If I’m keeping it 100, I’m less interested in his show than I am in his wife, who is my lady crush Chrissy Teigen (it’s pronounced TIE-gen and my mind was blown because we’ve all be pronouncing it wrong for a decade). Don’t get it twisted, John Legend is a talented artist and I wouldn’t be mad if I got tickets to his show…. But for real, I’m trying to be friends with Chrissy — she’s basically the funniest person on Twitter and I’ve been following her since she had her OG blog So Delushious. This was before the tiny humans, before the husband, before the wildly successful cookbooks (which you should also purchase immediately; check out our last blog on her thai red curry chicken). I can concede that if you find me at John’s show, it’s for sure in hopes that I run into her LOL.
The last two shows coming that I’m actually interested in, and will not be in town for, are The Internet and Jorja Smith. The former is a group that I was put on to after listening to an artist named Syd, who sings some baby-makin level tunes. She’s actually the lead singer of The Internet and their sound is vibey and chill; they are here December 9th at Rebel. Has anyone actually been to a concert at Rebel? Comment below and let me know what the venue is like — I don’t even know that I’ve actually set foot in Rebel, obviously because I am a nerd and pretty much never go to the club.
The latter, Jorja Smith, you might remember her from our friend Aubrey Drake Graham’s album More Life. She sang on “Get it Together” and “Jorja’s Interlude” — obvi, she is Jorja LOL. Her voice is like butta, it’s so smooth and rich ← food metaphors work really well for music descriptions #AmiRight? Anyways, she’s in town December 19th at Rebel, and I am crossing my fingers my flight gets back in time to get me to this show.
This is a pretty bangin list of upcoming concerts if I do say so myself, so if you end up going to any, make sure to come back and let us know how it was!
Until next time my loves,