“I got to cover a lot of bases tonight ya’ll” said the star of the show as she walked on stage, giving all in attendance a real good look at her. It’s been a while since she was last here at the House Of Blues. Tonight, Faith Evans is ready to give the people what they have been waiting for, the return of the First Lady. As the band swelled and warmed up, the audience roared their love, and Faith began to tear the house down.
It looked like every woman in Los Angeles was in the House Of Blues. Don’t get it twisted, the fellas came out to show love too, but any man who was in the HOB sans a date didn’t have much to worry about. The event brought out some of the music industry movers and shakers as well. But all eyes were fixed to the stage for the performances tonight.
In usual fashion, I arrived a tad bit late and caught half of the openinig acts, a Russell Simmon’s backed group (whose name escapes me and no it wasn’t Xscape). They gave a strong performance but I think the crowds anticipation of Faith may have swayed them, as they gave a half hearted response to the group. After a intermission, Faith hit the stage and rocked LA with some of her greatest hits.
When she went into her club banger “Love Like This” and broke into the Fatman Scoop/Crooklyn Clan “Be Faithful” break, the mid size concert crowd transformed the standing room only floor into a club dancefloor! Even the usually too cool for school VIP section had to get up and move something. (I think I saw Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child getting her two step on behind the ropes, as was Kevin Lyles)
Faith keep the vibes tight as she continued to run through her impressive list of hits. Fans were not disappointed as Faith and her band (which included former Beastie Boy- DJ Hurricane on the 1200’s..say word!) gave them “So Emotional”, “You Used To Love Me”, “One More Chance”, “Going Out“, “Gets No Love”, “Again”, and the rest of her classics.
Faith Evans is on tour, promoting her new CD , “The First Lady” out on Capital Records. Check the schedule below and make sure you catch her when she comes to your town.
Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
6/18 Pittsburgh, PA Chevrolet Amphitheatre
6/26 Baltimore, MD Camden Yards Parking Lot
6/28 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
6/29 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
7/2 Detroit, MI Comerica Tastefest
7/5 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
7/7 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
7/9 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino
7/10 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
7/14 Philadelphia. PA Trocadero
7/15 Newark, NJ Newark Symphony Hall
7/16 New York, NY B.B. King’s Blues Club
7/17 Rochester, NY Rochester Music Festival at Genesee Valley Park
7/19 N. Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
7/20 Atlanta, GA Earthlink Live
7/23 Orlando, FL House of Blues
7/24 Miami, FL Mansion Nightclub
7/29 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
8/3 Chicago, IL House of Blues
8/5 Columbus, OH Ohio State Fair at Celeste Center
8/7 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
8/19 Cincinnati, OH Paul Brown Stadium/Cincinnati Jazz Festival
8/28 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
8/29 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
8/31 San Diego, CA House of Blues
9/1 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
(I had press photo passes for this show, but somehow managed to leave the digicam at the compound. If I get passes for the fall LA show, I will not disappoint you, my loyal Canheads!)