LiV Warfield performed at the Sayers Club last night in Los Angeles, 2 days after setting the Palladium on fire with a show there.
The Palladium show was longer but the Sayers Club still had the same energy of the big show, due to LiV's powerful voice, her band Blackbird, the NPG Hornz, and her two back up singers Saeeda Wright and Ashley Seamster. Ryan Waters guitar skills are no joke!
Warfield kicked off the show with a powerful version of "The Unexpected" quickly followed in succession by "Catch Me If You Can" with LiV coming out of the small stage to interact with the crowd. The stage is so tiny at Sayers, the NPG Hornz were located to the left of the stage.
"Soul Lifter" which was performed on Arsenio was next with Liv belting away at the ballad and getting the crowd behind her more and more each second.
"Don't Say Much" was one of my favorite of the nights with its infectious groove and melody. "Why Do You Lie?" which was debuted on Fallon last month got the crowd pumping their fists while singing along.
All in all, it was a set under an hour which was extremely enjoyable followed by a cool encore with LiV's back up singers performing "Crazy" as Doug E. Fresh laid down his rap over it followed by a beat boxing battle with the drummer.
LiV is an extremely talented singer whose new album "The Unexpected" should be in your collection.-DocFB
Diagnosis: In this day and age of disposable music, we have to support LiV. Her huge band may make it a little more pricey but your ears will thank us later.
The L.A. Marathon was held on Sunday morning but PRINCE decided to have his own marathon Saturday night with his 3RDEYEGIRL and NEW POWER GENERATION bands.
I could easily just post the set list (Over 60 songs in total) and that could be the review of the material he went through Saturday night but that would be cheating.
On Friday night, Prince and his band performed for under an hour, pulling out one of the longest versions of "Days & Of Wild" I have ever heard and the first time I heard "Extraloveable" live as well. It really was just a small taste of what was to come Saturday night.
The show kicked off with the as yet unreleased "Big City" followed up by NPG Diva Elisa performing "Superconductor" and as the NPG Horns went into "1999", Hollywood knew what kind of party it was going to be. Prince then picked up Donna Grantis's guitar for a little bit of chicken scratch and gave it back to her. He would not pick up a guitar again til the last 2 songs of the show.
Prince was in a great mood for the crowd as they went through "Extraloveable", "Let's Work", "Love Machine", "U Got The Look", "Nothing Compares 2 U" duet with Shelby J. "Take Me With U" was played as the crowd wanted to go anywhere Prince was willing to take them, achy feet be darned.
As Prince reached into his catalog and songs he wrote for other people, it was like he was turning chapters of how great music was, and how great music is when you have talented musicians around you to perform. From "Purple Rain" being played with a sax solo from Marcus Anderson instead of the usual guitar solo, Prince was not following the script of what "you have to do" when performing a signature song.
He did many songs that I did not hear live before until that night. We don't need to go into how many shows I have been to but if I have been to another artists show that many times, there is no way I would have heard them do one song I haven't heard before.
Later in the night legendary rapper Doug E. Fresh joined Prince on stage as he would rap over beats like "Hot Thing" and was simply amazing during "If Was Your Girlfriend" and "Forever In My Life" with Prince on keys and then picking up his bass as Doug E. beat boxed. Yea, that script I was talking about, Prince threw it away a long time ago.
Every Prince hit and song you can imagine, he performed. He closed out the show playing guitar with a high energy performance of "Let's Go Crazy" and "FUNKNROLL" the song he opened up the Arsenio Hall show with last week.
The "FUNKNROLL" remix was played in all its bass glory after the show ended.
When you get wind of Prince playing your town, if you get a months notice or a few hours, find a way there. Someone found out about the show after 8, got dressed, headed down there with a $100 cash ans was in there with no problem. That coulda been you, but you were playing.-DocFB
Diagnosis: For the legendary set list, click here!
The one and only PRINCE is set to take over the Hollywood Palladium tonight and the legendary venue may never be the same. PRINCE will be performing at the Palladium tonight March 8th, and you can buy tickets at the door!
Tix are $100.00 cash only!!!!
The Hollywood Palladium opened up on October 31st, 1940 with Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra featuring band vocalist Frank Sinatra, hence "His Way" in the title.
The last time Prince played the Palladium was in 2001 ripping the place into a frenzy as Mick Jagger, Beyonce, and others looked on. This also marks Prince's first show in Los Angeles since his historic Forum run 3 years ago.-DocFB
Diagnosis: Make no mistake about it; tonight the place to be is Hollywood Palladium. There is no artist alive that can touch Prince and his band. None. Because he does it his way is why...
Andre 3000 is about to star in "All Is By My Side" where he plays Jimi Hendrix in this bio movie. The movie was written and directed by John Ridley who just won an Oscar for "12 Years A Slave" for Best Screenplay.
The scene surrounds Jimi's decision in moving to London. "All By My Side" will be screened next week at SXSW.-DocFB
Diagnosis: The Hendrix state was reluctant to let any of Jimi's music appear in the film so do not expect to hear any of Hendrix's music in the film.
Calling all TRUE FUNK SOLDIERS and MUSICIANS!!!
If you were interviewing Nile Rodgers, what would you ask?
Send us your questions!
Diagnosis: FREAK OUT!
Fresh off of performing "Soul Lifted" on The Arsenio Hall Show, Liv Warfield is set to perform a special show in Hollywood at the Hollywood Palladium this Friday night with the NPG Hornz!
You can purchase tickets to the concert HERE!!!
LiV's new album "THE UNEXPECTED" is on iTunes now! Check out our special listening event with LiV & Ryan Waters above! -DocFB
Diagnosis: Friday. LiV. Hollywood. Blackbird. The NPG Hornz. Be there!
What only the UK was able to experience, now a North American audience will experience as Adam Lambert will tour this summer with Queen!!!
The announcement was made this morning on Good Morning America where a 19 date tour was announced kicking off June 19th in Chicago and ending in Washington D.C. July 20th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.-DocFB
Diagnosis: They have performed in Las Vegas if the Glambers want to get technical but not a tour, which is exciting and amazing news.
PRINCE, 3RDEYEGIRL, THE NPG, & LiV WARFIELD took over The ARSENIO HALL show last night with funk-filled jams and with FUNKNROLL flair!
In case you missed it for some odd reason or want to see it again and again, here is the FULL show that was uploaded to PRINCE's new OFFICIAL YOUTUBE account! We will talk about that more later. Thanks to a funkenberry reader for the heads up.
For now, enjoy the show!-DocFB
Diagnosis: The FUNKNROLL with ARSENIOOOOOOO