Live Performances

Recommended

Name Summary
Smart, Funny, and Black at The Bell House (8/4) Smart, Funny, and Black, has such appeal that it makes you wish there was a Black network that would make this into a staple series.
Tank and the Bangas (July 2017 Tour) They say all of a person’s experience builds off one another. Which, after seeing Tank and the Bangas, I believe is true. For over the last year I’ve been to a Rock concert, a Hip Hop/ Rap concert, and also one featuring one of the top artists in R&B. And I honestly feel, all the best parts of each artist I saw, I found all in this band which truly defies genres.
Furious Thoughts Live (2017) Being this was my first stand up show, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Now, granted, I’ve been listening to “The Read” for years and am still subscribed to Kid Fury’s Youtube channel. Even if he hasn’t added a video in a year… But there is a difference between what you know has the potential to be edited and something live. Especially since, for some reason, “The Read” isn’t at that Breakfast Club level where they record them talking and their expressions.

Yet, knowing Kid Fury is hilarious and he emotes in such a way you can imagine his expressions, I decided to haul my behind to NYC to check this out. I wasn’t, what so ever, disappointed.


Rated

Positive (See Live)

A rating dedicated to performances which give you reasons to want to save up and see it again, as well as share what honestly is a memorable experience.

Name Summary
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out (Live) Wild N’ Out Live definitely isn’t for the sensitive or those who can’t handle a joke but, if you don’t fit those boxes, you will have one hell of a time.
Kathy Griffin: Laugh Your Head Off World Tour The iconic Kathy Griffin returns to the stage and exhibits all the US government did with their harassment is take her last f*** to give.
The Coconut Oil Tour (Featuring Lizzo) While you may have to suffer through opening acts who are still discovering themselves and honing their sound, it is worth it in the end. For Lizzo truly, if appreciated, could become the next big thing. She has a message of self-empowerment, is “woke,” proud of her blackness and being a big girl, and has music which can aide in heartbreak, when you just wanna shake your ass, or when you need to remind yourself of how cute and worthy you are.
Echoes Two young women speak on the life and death of their characters who tried to do wonderful things in the name of religion. However, they were met with men who twisted the words of their respective gods to fit their ill wills.
Familiar As with past Danai Gurira plays, like Eclipse, the focus is strongly about being totally African, yet there is this small desire to look at what American has and does. With this play, though, the characters are in America, naturalized and all, but some, if not most, long for Zimbabwe. Either for what was lost, in terms of disconnect from their culture, or for the home they once knew.
Furious Thoughts Live (2017) Kid Fury deserves his pedestal for bringing something that, mainstream wise, we don’t see hardly at all.
Kinky Books (Todrik Hall as Lola) Depending on how you look at it, either this is a show about trying to understand people and acceptance or how tolerance only goes so far as you are an asset, or convenient to those in power.
Tank and the Bangas (July 2017 Tour) They say all of a person’s experience builds off one another. Which, after seeing Tank and the Bangas, I believe is true. For over the last year I’ve been to a Rock concert, a Hip Hop/ Rap concert, and also one featuring one of the top artists in R&B. And I honestly feel, all the best parts of each artist I saw, I found all in this band which truly defies genres.

Mixed (One & Done)

While you will enjoy the experience, you may not want to repeat the experience until there is new material or performers.

Name Summary
Chloe x Halle: The Bowery Ballroom (8/1/2018) You know how people see Beyoncé to feel cleansed? For a much cheaper price, Chloe x Halle did that for those at their Bowery show in NYC.
Azealia Banks: The Rainbow Ball Azealia Banks’ “The Rainbow Ball” has quality performances, but isn’t an experience you’d want to repeat or recommend to friends and family.
Fruit Trilogy The Fruit Trilogy is certainly an experience and I use that as both a positive adjective and as a bit if a euphemism.
Badu vs. Everythang While seeing Erykah Badu isn’t a life changing experience, experiencing her artisty is definitely something for your bucket list.
Jill Scott (2017) The Read warned me that not all of Jill’s remixes to old favorites I was going to rock with. However, whether she was preaching to the choir at NJPAC or starting a dance party, Jill Scott made sure your price of admission was worth it.
Latin History for Morons As with any John Leguizamo theater performance, you get a strong sense of Latin culture, him manically controlling your attention and, with the subject matter, he even educates you a little bit.
The Who You Selling For Tour (Featuring The Pretty Reckless) At Terminal 5 the bass was heavy, floors vibrating and all, and while you could barely hear anyone singing, you could feel the instruments pulsating through the ground.

Negative ()

Considering the costs involved with getting to the venue and purchasing a ticket, and all you are left with is a flier or playbill and a receipt? Rather than the type of experience you want to share, relive, or something of that nature, this rating goes out to those which are just not worth the time, money, and effort to see the performance.

Name Summary
Fade While predictable at times, Fade brings seldom heard voices to the stage. One which verbalizes a familiar tale with a different culture as the focus.