Show Review (20/20 Tour – House of Blues Hollywood, Los Angeles)

    Official Concert-Going Checklist

    Phase One

    Avoid L.A. traffic on the way to the February 22 show: Check


    Pay an arm and a leg for parking: Check


    Pick-up tickets from the will-call window: Check


    Be pleasantly surprised that they’re all-access press passes: Negative


    Wait in line and be baffled by girl who seemed a bit too excited to be at this show: Check


    Be informed that no cameras are allowed: Check


    Sneak camera in anyway: Check


    Try to snap a few pics and get caught by security: Check


    Pay five dollars to have the valet service baby-sit camera: Check



    Phase Two

    Return just in time to notice that Defari is opening: Check


    Take time to contemplate how Defari has gone from major-label record deal to doing fifteen-minute opening sets: Check


    Get asked by random guy when my album is coming out: Check


    Express confusion because no such album exists: Check


    Watch Little Brother put on an amazing show: Check


    Be amazed at how guest vocalist Darien Brockington stole the show: Check


    Be disappointed by Phonte: Negative


    Have Little Brother‘s performance remind me of why concerts can be awesome: Check


    Express sadness that their set was only thirty minutes: Check


    Phase Three

    Admire Dilated Peoples for being able to attract fans from every rung of the socioeconomic ladder: Check


    Reminisce over a Dilated show a few years back where a belligerent Evidence smashed a beer bottle over his head at the conclusion of “Ear Drums Pop”: Check


    Appreciate the excitement that Dilated provided at that show despite not sounding its best: Check


    Notice a more refined, better-sounding, flashier performance this time around: Check


    Be lulled to sleep by the first half of this performance: Check


    Notice the crowd actually thinning out: Check


    Comment to myself that a lot of Dilated’s songs do not translate to exciting concert material: Check


    Come to the conclusion that on-stage guest Krondon is the worst performer ever: Check


    Suffer through banal, stereotypical elements of the non-mainstream hip-hop show (“Is hip hop in the building tonight?” and “We all need to have love for one another,” followed by inevitable anti-war raps): Check


    Wonder when hip-hop shows acquired stereotypical elements: Check


    Find myself hoping that Evidence pulls out an empty beer bottle: Check


    Watch Evidence break another bottle over his head: Negative


    Actually be disappointed by their professionalism: Check


    Forget about all gripes when they breakout all heavy-hitters such as “Proper Propaganda,” “Marathon,” “Love and War,” and “Worst Comes to Worst”: Check


    Wonder when I became so cynical toward a group I used to love: Check.


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    Little Brother, live at the Canal Room, February 6, 2006

    Prefix review: Little Brother [The Chitlin Circuit 1.5] by Matthew Gasteier