Photo by Erykah Badu!
Erykah Badu and Geoffrey Dicker
I can’t even begin to explain how much I love Erykah Badu. When you go to one of her shows, it’s less of a concert and more like a soulful religious experience. Whether she’s telling amazing stories in between songs, schooling the audience to the spiritual side of life, or just singing different and funky versions of her great songs (and she never disappoints in that area), you will leave her shows feeling lighter and wishing that she would release all of her concerts on CD/DVD/MP3. Though I’ve seen Erykah Badu in concert many times in the last decade, I realized the last time I met her was in 2001 in Minneapolis after both her and I danced on stage at a Prince concert. Whoa! Erykah is cool as ever and in fact, when I asked her to take a photo, she stepped up to the plate and took the photo herself. I kind of look like I photo bombed a selfie of her, but I actually love the way it came out. Erykah, you are a goddess and I love you! Thanks for being super cool and super funky!
Photo by G.
Erykah Badu is Street Art
I think you’d better call Tryone. But you can’t use my phone.
Photo by Prince and the NPG.
G (with hand in the air on the left) on Stage With Prince (on the far right)
Where does the time go? I just want to give a shout out on the 10 year anniversary to remember one of the craziest weeks I’ve ever had. When Prince’s career was seriously in the toilet, he opened up his recording studio complex, Paisley Park, up to his fan club for a week of love and music. From June 12 – June 17, 2001, Prince fans from all over the world flocked to Minneapolis, Minnesota to have the chance to hang out in the ultimate Prince mecca – Paisley Park. The rules were simple – Paisley Park would be open during the day and fans could just hang out inside the grounds. In the evenings, live music at Paisley Park would be provided by the likes of Erykah Badu, Maceo Parker, Common, Alicia Keys, The Time, George Clinton, Nikka Costa and of course, Prince! Afterwards, an all night dance party would be held in the sound stages of Paisley with Prince DJing!
On the very first day, my brother and I were first in line to enter Paisley Park (I know, some things never change), and immediately upon entering the grounds, we were taken into one of Prince’s soundstages. After we entered the soundstage, the door closed behind us and there were my brother, myself and Prince, by ourselves! Prince was just converting to the Jehovah’s Witness religion and he and I got in a heated argument about religion. He was trying to tell me that there was only one way to believe and I respectfully disagreed. I got upset that he wasn’t even listening to me and instead was just trying to tell me how “it is.” That was the first 5 minutes of my week long trip!
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Photos by G. Various Artists.
Mezcal and Beer (left), Whisky and Soda (right) by Andres Basurto
Unfortunately, I caught the really cool group exhibit “Here and Now” at Lyons Weir Gallery (at 524 West 24th Street) in New York on its final day. The mixed media show was really cool, so enjoy these photos here and now!
Buyers Remorse by David Lyle
Work Shirt by Tim Okamura
Erykah Badu is art! I think you’d better call Tyrone!
Steampunk Willy by Jan Huling
Photos by G.
Tony Castles - Live at Good Units.
On March 27, 2010, Erykah Badu played a secret show at Good Units in the basement of the Hudson Hotel in New York City. Before taking the stage at the very late hour of 1 am, the sold-out crowd witnessed up and coming Brooklyn-based band the Tony Castles. Their music draws on the influences of Talking Heads, Suicide, Roxy Music and Nirvana. According2g, that’s a good thing. You can download a free mp3 of their epic 6 minute track “Pirates” here. Prior to hitting the stage, the band was tuning their instruments and as I was in the front row, they all walked past me and greeted their favorite blogger. Thanks for rockin’ guys! I look forward to hearing really great things about you.
Discover this band: Tony Castles.