Tevin Campbell and Geoffrey Dicker. (Photo by a complete stranger)
T.E.V.I.N! If you are like me, you’ve been a fan of Tevin Campbell since he released his single “Round and Round” in 1990. He’s back and he performed at BB King’s in New York on the final day of March, 2013. A prior commitment kept me from the majority of the show; however, I was on hand for my favorite part of most of my evenings, meeting the performer. Tevin was extremely cool and I told him that the first time I met him was at a birthday party for Carmen Electra over 15 years ago. He said that in those days he was a bit of a wild child, so his memory on that meeting was a bit hazy. The good news is Tevin mentioned that he is 6 songs into his new album, so that is very exciting as that means we’ll likely be seeing a lot more of Tevin in the very near future! He was really impressed with so many fans bringing his albums to get autographed and he really loved seeing a copy of the 12″ vinyl to “What Do You Want Me To Do” that my friend had brought.
Tevin Campbell holding “What Do You Want Me To Do” on Vinyl
You had to be there to appreciate how funny this moment was, but Tevin, myself and my friend sure got a kick out of it.
Tevin Campbell and the Cell Phone
Great to see you again Tevin and I am hoping that your fans get to see a lot more of you in the near future.
On August 29, 2012, the ever fabulous Sheila E. packed the house at BB King’s in New York. One of the zillions of highlights from the show was her performance of “The Belle of St. Mark.” Another belle of St. Mark is celebrating her birthday today, so this funk goes out to her. She knows who she is! x
If you missed the fDeluxe/Sheila E. concert at BB King’s in New York on August 29, 2012, you missed out on a great funkin’ night! There are so many highlights, it’s hard to begin, but this ought to sum it up – when’s the last time you heard “Mutiny” and “Koo Koo” performed live on the same night?!
Susannah Melvoin and St. Paul of fDeluxe
fDeluxe, formerly known as The Family, have only played New York a few times in their 20+ year career, but they really know how to make up for lost time. Aside from the two instrumental tracks (“Susannah’s Pajamas” and “Yes”), fDeluxe played every track from their debut album, “The Family.” What that means in lay man’s terms is New York got to hear funky live renditions of “High Fashion,” “Mutiny,” “The Screams of Passion,” “River Run Dry,” “Desire” and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which was sung by The Family 5 years before Sinead O’Connor recorded it.
Susannah Melvoin and Eric Leeds
While the members of fDeluxe – St. Paul Peterson, Susannah Melvoin, Jellybean Johnson and Eric Leeds – might not be household names, to their fans, including myself, these are not mere mortals, but gods whose music has made our lives better and funkier for more than 2 decades! One of the highlights of the evening for me was sax man Eric Leeds walking out on stage for the first time during “High Fashion.” The audience absolutely lost their minds! He’s played sax or flute on so many of Prince’s best loved songs from the 80s, that when he emerged, you would have thought Prince himself was making an appearance (he did not, for those wondering).
fDeluxe didn’t just take us on a trip down memory lane, however. The band, funky as ever, played many songs from their 2011 album “Gaslight,” including the title track, “Drummers and Healers,” “@ 8,” and their new single “You Got What You Wanted,” an Ike and Tina Turner cover. “You Got What You Wanted” has just been released on fDeluxe’s official website and a limited edition CD single is available now.
You Got What You Wanted by fDeluxe. Out Now!
To celebrate the release of the new single, fDeluxe hung around at the merch table after the show and greeted their adoring fans. It was really cute hearing super-fans gush at how their songs have been anthems to us and many people thanked them for the music.
The show could have ended there and it would have been an amazing night, but fDeluxe were only warming us up for even more funk! If you’ve never seen Sheila E. perform before, you are seriously missing out. In addition to somehow finding the fountain of youth (look at her! She looks even better than she did 20 years ago!), she is one of the best performers and musicians you will EVER see. She plays intricate percussion and drum solos that she makes look effortless and no matter how many times I see her, and it’s been a lot, I have more and more respect for her talent. In addition to her new song “Leader of the Band,” and many Latin Jazz songs, Sheila E. also played many songs from her time in the Prince world.
Of course she played “A Love Bizarre,” and the show closer “the Glamourous Life,” but in addition she also played “Holly Rock,” “The Belle of St. Mark,” “Koo Koo,” and “Erotic City.” She had a tight and funky band, which included Eddie M. on sax. Watching people lose their cool during “Koo Koo,” which I’ve never heard live in all the times I’ve seen Sheila E., was definitely a highlight. Hopefully the love that New York showed Sheila E. and fDeluxe will be contagious and will enable them both to come back more often. Until then, we have memories from BB King’s to last us a lifetime.
Humpty Hump (aka Shock G aka Greg Jacobs) of Digital Underground
I’ve loved rap group Digital Underground for 20 years! They played a concert at New York’s BB King’s on January 22, 2012 and I was there to catch all the action. Original members Shock G (aka Humpty Hump) and Money B brought the funk! Flowing as great today as they did back in the day, Digital Underground opened the show with “Packet Man” from their amazing debut “Sex Packets.” Early on in the show, huge singles from DU including “The Humpty Dance,” “Kiss You Back” and “Same Song” were played. For the late 2Pac’s verse on “Same Song,” an audience member rocked the mic. Shock G started off the show dressed as Humpty Hump with fake nose and goofy voice.
Money B of Digital Underground
After a few songs, he introduced his alter ego – Shock G and continued rapping to songs such as “Freaks of The Industry,” “Sex Packets,” “Underwater Rhymes,” and even threw in the verse that Digital Underground raps in the 90s charity single “We’re All In The Same Gang.” “I Get Around” by 2Pac was also played as a tribute to the late rapper who got his start as a member of Digital Underground. “I Got 5 On It” by Luniz was also played as a tribute to the absent rapper and Shock G mentioned that he’s got 2 and a half more years of a jail term to serve before he’s released. The song “Doowutchyalike” was not played, which was a big hit for the group, but it mattered not because after the show was over, Shock G bought a round of tequila shots for those of us that hung around after the concert to get our buzz on how we like!
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