Esperanza Spalding performed "Black Gold" along with "Crowned & Kissed" on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. The Daily Show is not known for its musical guests performers but we were glad to see Esperanza getting shine from the political show.
We have been digging the groove of "Black Gold" and her new CD "Radio Music Society" for a minute.
Radio Music Society is more than her CD title. It actually is the name of her band...and she is taking members as you can see in the clip above.
We could not agree more with Jon's comment about Esperanza stating "I feel like you should be as twice as large as you are with the talent you have."
So true, don't you think?-DocFB
Prince is doing shows 8, 9, and 10 of his 21 Nights In Los Angeles run this weekend and will be having Grammy Winner Esperanza Spalding opening up for him this Friday & Saturday.
Also, Janelle Monae will be opening for him next Friday, May 13th. Never has a Friday The 13th been so funky!
So far, Prince has had Gwen Stefani, Nikka Costa, Chaka Khan, Cassandra Wilson, Mint Condition, Larry Graham, and Sheila E. guest with him. The list is only going to get bigger and greater. We hear Stevie Wonder will be a guest, maybe appearing as early as this weekend.
You can purchase tickets to this weekend's show at Ticketmaster.com.
The shows have been a testament to Prince's music as no set has been exactly the same in the run, even including a cover of Roxy Music's "More Than This" to close out his show on Thursday. Prince even did rarities "17 Days" and "Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)" along with fan favorities such as "When Doves Cry", "Moutains", and "Little Red Corvette" and last Friday, he dropped the new song "Gingerbread Man" on L.A., a song he has only played once before.
Face it, Inglewood is the place to be this weekend.-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: It Really Is The Best Place On Earth
So, Esperanza Spalding shocked a lot of people by winning best new artist last night at the Grammys. The girl has talent. Don't tell that to Justin Bieber fans who were so upset that Bieber did not win best new artist, they hacked Esperanza's web site last night.
Yup, they put her middle name as "Justin" hoping that would do something. Not sure what. At least Justin performed at the grammys.
Hoping that Bieber fans don't attack my site, here is his grammy performance in full.-Dr.FB
Congrats to Esperanza Spalding btw. (Ducks, Bieber fans shoes being thrown at him.)
From 2005 til 2008, Prince threw legendary house parties, especially after award shows. Last night, it seems those parties are starting up again.
The guest list for Prince's Grammy Jammy was: Prince, Best New Artist Grammy Winner Esperanza Spalding, Janelle Monae, Will.I.Am, Dave Chappelle, Lenny Kravitz, India Arie, Cyndi Lauper, Nicole Scherzinger, AJ Calloway, and Shaun Robinson.
Well, there is the guest list. Will details follow?-Dr.FB
Update: PRINCE & Janelle Monae brought the sun up at Prince's new L.A. dgs...new "California" dates are coming so he WILL be there for a minute...
Last night, Prince kicked off what we hope is just the first leg of his "Welcome 2 America" tour with a rocking show at the Izod Center in New Jersey. Oh it was funky y'all!!
We were treated to not one, but two opening acts before Prince took the symbol-shaped O(+> stage. First up was jazz artist Esperanza Spalding who we'd seen perform at the Prince tribute during the 2010 BET Awards earlier this year. Then it was time for soul songstress Lalah Hathaway who was beautiful in a flowing blue dress. Both ladies would join Prince during his set later on - Spalding for co-vocals on "If I Was Your Girlfriend" and Hathaway sharing vocals on "Sometimes it Snows in April" and "Diamonds and Pearls".
Then it was time for the one and only. "I am here, where r u?" Prince asked the crowd after opening with the funky, unexpected "Lay Down" track from his album 20Ten. The crowd was in a frenzy as Prince strutted around the stage in a gold ruffle shirt, black pants, sunglasses and a long leather coat. He was ready to funk.
That was the only new song we'd hear as it was a night for Prince classics and fan favorites. We were treated to "Beautiful Ones" IN ITS ENTIRETY - the ladies were going crazy for this one, especially when he screamed "Do u want me?". Yes we do!!!
Other classic hits we heard included "Cream", "Raspberry Beret", "Uptown", "Let's Work" - so many hits, so little time! Hardcore fans were pinching themselves when Prince strapped on his new gold guitar (that will be auctioned off for charity after the tour) and launched into "She's Always in my Hair", a favorite b-side from 1985 (thank u Prince!!!).
Prince was backed up by three talented singers all night - Elisa Dease, Liv Warfield and Shelby J, who fans were surprised to see as she lost her father unexpectedly last week. But the music must be healing because Shelby was in great form and performed a beautiful version of "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan with her sisters backing her up. Shelby also waved a large flag during "Purple Rain" that had an angel drawn on it with some writing. A tribute to her Dad perhaps? We couldn't read it from our side of the stage.
Prince and Shelby performed a great duet of "Nothing Compares 2 U" - great chemistry and love there. Prince acknowledged her return by saying "it's good to have you back".
Prince broke it down later in the show with some steamy ballads - "Insatiable", "Scandalous", and the lady-melting "Adore". Wooh - we could hardly contain ourselves!! He closed out the main set with a long rendition of "Purple Rain" and had the entire arena on its feet, waving their arms. He worked every corner with his Hohner, calling for more "Woo ooo ooo ooo!"'s from the hyped up crowd.
But we weren't done yet! Not even close! We got a long encore that kicked off with "Kiss" - Prince's latest substitution in the song? "You don't have to watch...the L Word...to have an attitude". LOL! Spalding and Hathaway performed with Prince during the encore, and we also got Prince on piano for a quick version of "All the Critics Love U in New York" - of course, how could we not have predicted he'd play this??
We go one more dose of serious funk with "Controversy" - clap your hands, stomp your feet (mine still hurt today!). It was thick! Then some fans were invited on stage to dance and party along with "Sexy Dancer" and "Le Freak" by Chic.
Prince had amazing energy all night long, and the band was in great form. Prince's dance moves during Kiss were awesome - you could tell he was just feeling the funk and enjoying the moment. We can't wait to see what he brings on Friday night at the Izod, when Maceo Parker and Cassandra Wilson will join him.
Thanks 2 Prince and the band for a GREAT show!!!
We just got word that Prince has rehearsed the 3 players: John Blackwell, Rhonda Smith and Renato Neto for 2 weeks now and taught them new and old material alike as well as a few covers. Sounds cool.
Prince is using a smaller crew these days to allow space for the audience to properly hear his favorite players right now.
We are being told that Prince will, of course be featured on guitar throughout the concert but mainly this year his goal is to showcase his sometimes overlooked vocal abilities.
Hence the stripped down vibe of this crew.
As shown on his most recent performance on the Tonight Show, Prince feels he is improving as a vocalist and has taken the time to re-work arrangements to showcase his gift.
Some tunes will just feature Renato on piano and Prince on vocals. He is Prince's favorite pianist and as a fan of his work, it's a treat for him just listening to Renato every night without any audible distraction.
Prince has also been listening alot to new jazz star Esperanza Spalding. He attended her concert in St. Paul, Minnesota recently and she and her impressive band came over to Prince's Paisley Park Studio for a tour and jam session that lasted til sunrise. Now that's hot! He loves to play with her and always teases he will join her band one day when he's good enough. Ha! BTW, she is a must see if you ever y'll get the chance.
In addition to Esperanza, Prince is a big fan of Ana Moura. Her command of an audience is very impressive. She has a strong voice that radiates sensuality. Accompanied by 3 musicians when Prince saw her, Ana was a template as well as Esperanza for Prince's new approach to performance.
Awesome news. Let's hope this concert makes it's way to the United States soon!-Dr.FB