If you like concerts, Hampton Roads, VA is the place to beâ€¦â€¦during the summer, that is.Â RnB, Jazz, Country, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, it doesnâ€™t matter.Â They (ARTISTS) all come this wayâ€¦..during the summer, that is.Â Iâ€™m not a big concertgoer (excluding Jazz) but recently, Iâ€™ve had a change of heart.Â I considered checking out Hall & Oates, on the beach at the Va. Beach Oceanfront (which is blissfulâ€¦the music, the water) but it was FREE.Â That translated to 40,000 PEOPLE, 20,000 CARS and ZERO parking.Â â€śI CANâ€™T GO FOR THAT! NAW, NOOOOâ€¦.NO CAN DO!â€ťÂ Then, Maxwell & Jill Scott came to town.Â Iâ€™ve never seen either of them, nor had I ever gone to the Va. Beach Amphitheater.Â OK, two birds with one stone.Â Show started at 7 pm.Â In order to get convenient parking, you had to be there by 4 pm.Â I got there at 7:45 pm. Â Needless to say, I had to park in RICHMOND which meant in order to get to the amphitheater, the wife and I had to takeâ€¦â€¦â€ťA LONG WALK, AROUND THE PARK, AFTER DARK!â€ť Â And the temperature was about 94 with 100% humidity.Â By the time this â€śBROTHAâ€ť got to his seat, I was soaked to my â€śdraws.â€ťÂ Jill was good though, I mean, the two songs that I saw were on point.Â Now itâ€™s time for Maxwell (who reminded me of Marvin Gaye).Â The heat & humidity was stifling.Â I was waiting for Pharaoh to order me to get more straw (Hebrew slave). Â I saw people drinking these huge slurpees, so I figured Iâ€™d get a couple. Â The attendant said, â€śThatâ€™ll be 28 dollars.â€ť $28 DOLLARS!Â How â€śFORTUNATEâ€ť that this robbery is not at gunpoint.Â I said forget it, just give me a little â€śSUMTHIN SUMTHINâ€ť with ice.Â Got one soda for 6 dollars, we shared it.Â Marvin Gayeâ€¦.uhâ€¦Maxwell, was good but it was so miserably muggy, I couldnâ€™t enjoy the show.Â Last night, we went to the Hampton Jazz Festival.Â I donâ€™t usually go the â€śJazzâ€ť festival because first, itâ€™s not a â€śJazzâ€ť festival (itâ€™s a music festival) and second, the acoustics are so horrible in the Coliseum, the music sounds muddled.Â But I wanted to see Down to the Bone (the only Jazz artists on the bill last night). I saw them, but didnâ€™t really hear them.Â They were first, so after them, I was ready to go. But the wife wanted to see Joe.Â Iâ€™m like â€śNA, NA, NA"â€¦. I donâ€™t think this classifies as â€śALL THE THINGS (YOUR MAN WONâ€™T DO)" but it was ONE of them or so I thought.Â I sat out on the concourse while she enjoyed Joe.Â After Joe, I text her, letâ€™s go.Â But she wanted â€śMORE & MORE.â€ťÂ Now, she wanted to see Teena Marie.Â Oh no!Â Now Iâ€™m â€śOUT ON A LIMBâ€ť or should I say, out on the concourseâ€¦..again.Â This is definitely not my idea of â€śSHANGRA LA.â€ťÂ And you know she wanted to see â€śCHARLIE, LAST NAME WILSON.â€ťÂ So I have to be contented sitting on the concourse, listening to the bouncing, muddling sound of the music while watching former divas and playas from the Himalayas work it like they did in the 70â€™s and 80â€™s (which really wasn't all that bad cuz I saw some SIGHTS!) But hey, my time is coming July 23rd & 24th.Â You see, that's the Norfolk Jazz Festival (the real Jazz Festival) featuring Lonnie Liston Smith, Roy Ayers, Wilton Felder, Tom Browne, Ronnie Laws, Fattburger and Jeff Lorber Fusion at Town Point Park in Norfolk.Â I can't wait to spend some "QUIET MOMENTS" with "GOOD VIBRATIONS" as we "INHERIT THE WIND" of "JAMAICA FUNK."Â "EVERY GENERATION" will appreciate the "JOY" of jazz in the "CITY."Â See ya there!
LOL I went to the Maxwell show. I left Gloucester @ 3 o'clock! got great parking since I was there a little after 5. So I sat in the car & ate my dinner til time to mosey up to the gates. I thought it was an awesome show, worth sitting in the heat. Iwas on the lawn so I did get a bit of a breeze from time to time. what wasnt fun was sitting at the hrbt forever on the way home! shoulda been home around 1230 didnt roll in til nearly 2!