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by vivrant thang on jill scott
…how YOUR girl Jill Scott cut up on Saturday night. I’m not going to have time for a full concert review because for one, I’ve got about sixty other videos I need to download before those (Raheem and Chrisette Michele, Bilal, J*Davey, Rahsaan Patterson) – although I am SO tempted to push hers ahead of the rest. Once again, Jill had me mesmerized.
You can find concert reviews, video and pictures here and here.
Some additional thoughts:
I need more more more Estelle in my life! Understandably, her set was short since she opened ahead of DC go-go legend Chuck Brown, The Roots, and Jill. She did about five or six songs – including my fave “Substitute Lover” which I’ll be rocking hard in Barbados because of its Caribbean flavor.
Was great to see V, Ra-Re Valverde, and Chinahblac backing Jill. I mentioned V in my last review. You should get to know Ra-Re. She has an album out called “A Beautiful Mess“ (love that title because that’s how I refer to myself on many a day!) Her talent has been co-signed by some of the greats. Get into her.
I was officially done with Jill for the night when she opened her “trying to get you laid” part of the show. She did “Come See Me” and then noticed some folks starting to leave. She says, “They got to go! They can’t even make it home. They got to get to the car right now!” Then she did “Crown Royal” and talked about the great old school love songs and how when you invite your man over, you got to take the batteries out of B.O.B (your battery operated boyfriend) and put them in the remote for the stereo.
When you press play, you hear this:
ChinahBlac put a HURTING on Teena Marie’s “Portugese Love”
V killing the Isley Brothers “Between The Sheets.” He could do no wrong with me since the Philly show when he reminded me of how much I love Atlantic Starr’s “Send For Me.”
Ra-Re did her thang on Prince’s “Do Me.”
I was done.
Video evidence is coming because my description just can’t capture it.
Jill-ism of the night: “Shit on your shoe don’t keep you from walking.” Hate on me indeed!
She ended her set of mostly tracks from the new album with a nice up-tempo, house version of “Lyzel in E Flat (He Loves Me).” The encore included The Roots and Chuck Brown joining her on stage for “It’s Love.” She praised Chuck for introducing her to that go-go sound. Chuck Baby didn’t really know the words and I was begging Jill to take the mic back and just let him ad-lib which is what she eventually did and it was pure fiyah!
As she has been doing at every show, she came out as everyone was filing out to do “And I Heard,” the song she says came to her in her sleep. Some crazy woman kept yelling out “Obama!” I guess she wanted Jill to do an Obama freestyle. Jill simply warned us not to continue making this race about a black man running. We better focus on his politics or we might “fuck it up.” I see her point but that’s impossible.
What I love about Jill’s concerts is that I’ve seen her three times in the past year and a half and her shows are never the same. I love how she changes up her arrangements and the set lists are different. She’s just versatile like that and I love her for it.
Just as my high was just starting to come down, I head on over to catch up with one of my favorite, most-respected bloggers, Afrobella and see that she has called me a “brilliant” music blogger while referencing my Rock The Bells review in her excellent review of the Miami show. She is certainly at the very top of my list of favorite female bloggers so that damn near had me misty!
While we’re on the subject of favorite bloggers, I’m sure you’ve heard about the Black Weblog Awards. Voting is now underway. I would never tell you how to vote, except if we’re talking about the general election 🙂 However, I would invite you to consider throwing your vote in several categories to the good folks over at Soul Bounce. Nova, Butta, Harlem, and Ill Mami bust their hindparts every single day to bring you original, extremely well-written content about the latest and greatest in the music industry – and that’s hard to find on the Internets.
Here are the categories they’d like your vote in. Frankly, they deserve all of them but I’m sure they will take as many as you can spare! If you’re not convinced, take a listen to them speaking about the evolution of Soul Bounce and why they do what they do on Friday Favecast.
So head on over and ROCK THE VOTE.
I didn’t vote Soul Bounce in every category. Afrobella, Friday Favecast, AverageBro, and Black and Married With Kids, and Crunk and Disorderly were just a few of sites that got my vote as well.
Whichever way you vote, just do it!
Monster post coming this week. Stay tuned!
photo credit: African Olmecca
Chuck got into the pocket though when Jill took over! The soul food ad-libs (rice & beans, collard greens, et al) were strong, he just had to warm up. Homie’s 74 yrs old! And Black Thought dropping that 16… it was a sweet moment with them all together.
And what about V on “Between the Sheets”?
Marcus LANGFORD said:
i have never seen jill scott perform in concert, but i love her silhouette in that picture; she has super-sexy legs. deeeelicious indeed!
vivrant thang said:
@styleezie – Damn dude! You know I’m still high from last weekend’s show! 🙂 I wrote this before leaving work and couldn’t for the life of me remember what V sang. Was going to update when I got home. Grassy-ass for refreshing my memory. He KILLED it….just like he did “Send For Me” at the Philly show. Had me pulling out my Best of Atlantic Starr.
I love Chuck Baby, don’t get me wrong. He had this Jersey girl bouncing in her ball gown when he played the CBC Convention a few years ago. But it was a tad bit painful before Jill got on the mic. I’m sayin though – would he even know the words to her song? I think she should have had him just ad-lib while she sang. No matter though. It was still the highlight of the show hands down.
You already know how I feel about BT. Updating to say more about that.
@Marcus -You are missing out! Put that on yout must-do list. She’s a helluva woman!
THURSDAY…that’s my Jilly day!
I CANNOT WAIT!!!
I didn’t even read this…I saw the picture and knew it was about her and just wanted to leave a note…I’m so ready…
Aww, thanks for the link love! I love your blog and I do read regularly. I’m a lurker, LOL! But a fan. I get to experience so much great music through you. Keep up the amazing work!
Thanks for the link love and for the vote. I’m adding you tonight to the blogroll fo sure.
Chuck took a minute but he got it going. He was probably awkward without that bass. It was like his hands and body weren’t comfortable but when he got in the pocket he was straight, but man….. did he have me partying in the rain.
I’ll be seeing her next Monday. Looking forward to it.
Vivrant, you already know that I am impressed with your blog and your writing and everything. I think you are a fabolous writer. And you always blog with substance – definitely one of the few. I’m proud that you didn’t tell me to scram when I first started reading your blog. LOL. Soul Bounce and Butta are others that I have read that show that same routine flavor. Afrobella reminds me alot of you.
I’m not a big Jill Scott fan but after reading your review I suddenly want to break out into some Jill Scott YouTube videos this weekend. I saw where you spoke of the concert. Interesting how this blogging thing goes – another female blogger attended the same show.
I plan to get my vote on, tonite.
vivrant thang said:
@marvalus – can’t wait to read YOUR review.
@bella – 🙂 🙂 show that pretty face sometime. come on out of lurkmode! thanks so much. i feel like i’ve only just begun!
@blackandmarried – no thank you for the great content and i appreciate the linky love as well. i was worried about ya’ll back there in that rain. but i’ve been there and done that as i’m usually on the lawn. VERY few can get me in the pavilion!
@don – you are one of a few male voices i got around here. your presence will ALWAYS be welcome. what you’ve said really means a lot. really. especially about bella because she is definitely one of my blogging idols 🙂
you blaspheme when you say you’re not a jill fan. 🙂 🙂 when i post my video, i am going to personally invite you to take a look. she REALLY killed it at this show.
I was there on Saturday. I drove all the way from Virginia Beach to see her. It was worth the 5 hour drive through traffic. She was amazing.
Thanks Vivrant, and I look forward to seeing the video. I will be here until the wheels fall off. I appreciate you for making me feel at home.
I just vote my Vote On. – Your blog, SoulBounce, Muze’s fiction, Afrobella, Field Negro, Sheila Goss, Bossip and I tried to sneak my blog in there (LOL).
Oh, and Villager.
The show was INCREDIBLE !!! I cant think of anything else to say . . .
More posts of this quitaly. Not the usual c***, please
Oh, Ms. V…I had an awesome night…I couldn’t remember the song title she ended her SECOND ENCORE with…thanks for the reminder!
I loved, loved, loved, loved, loved, LOVED every minute of this concert!
love your blog & especially your music reviews,,,decided to make a post today because I usually just peek in being nosey….keep on keeping me informed..pleaseeeee.
Peace & infinite Blessings….Plan Your Work….Than Work Your Plan….
vivrant thang said:
@tracy – Thank you so very much for finally coming out of hiding and commenting. I’m so glad you like it here 🙂 There’s definitely more to come so stick around.
Ry Nea' Soul said:
Love the site…Glad I followed a link ChinaBlac link to it…so cool.
I will link you to my blog…once its up and running…thanks for what you do.