Monday, November 7, 2011

Big Enough to Take These Broken Hearts...Frank Ocean @ the House of Blues

I had a great time this weekend. I broke out my bat cave, took a break from writing these short- stories and went to see Frank Ocean at the House of Blues.

To say he has a great voice is an understatement. Its the kind of which hasn't been heard for at least a  few decades, recording really does it no justice. Booming and powerful,rich, and with a bit of tremor--that is what makes it linger in your memory.That's what makes his voice special in a sea of good ones.

Frank Ocean is not a big guy but he fills up a room. Still a bit shy he didn't talk much to, but I can't say he didn't engage the crowd. Most were hanging onto his every word, as old movies and celestial scenes played on the projection screen behind him, singing along to songs not officially released to the public.

New Orleans definitely supports its own when it comes to our artistic talent.

The audience for the show proved to be every bit as entertaining as the performer. There were cool, weird, black hipsters and those that only wished they were as far as the eye could see.

 I had flippantly thought for a second that somehow me and my writer friend were exceptions to that rule. When I caught a glimpse of my electric blue skinny jeans and my friend, who I lovingly refer to as, the very camera-ready, Asian Carmen San Diego and realized we were right at home.

One of the best moments of the show was when Frank Ocean sang an unreleased track, which features as the hook, the bounce classic, Primetime's ,"She Givin Me Love". The audience loved it and it made me feel nostalgic for the time when I was an eccentric little girl in a beret that also liked 'that beat' like everybody else.

I definitely left  Frank Ocean's concert a bigger fan than I came, which should be the goal of every artist's performances, I think.  It's great to see a black guy get to be eccentric, talented, and loved for it. It gives me hope that all that teasing for beret, leather jacket, and boot wearing that I endured will be worth it, as long as I keep plucking these keys.

It's Monday y'all,

Kick off your shoes and Swim Good...



He sang this about tenminutes into his set...a pretty gutsy move.

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