Last night I went to the legendary Carnegie Hall for the first time in my life. Very exciting!! Best known for its classical music offerings, I got to see something with a little more flavor - HONOR: Blues, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, And Beyond - on opening night.
Their website describes the show as: “Paying tribute to the great African American popular music artists of the past, the brightest lights in blues, rhythm and blues, soul, and jazz, as well as today’s daring innovators, gather for a magical evening of music. Each presentation will parallel an event in the bountiful history of performances by African American artists at Carnegie Hall.”
After a short intermission, which was much needed to stretch the legs, it was time to rock…literally. From rock n’ roll to 1960s rock to r&b and soul; it was time to get down. With roof raising performances by Leela James, Kem, Anthony Hamilton and Freddie Jackson, the crowd definitely got into the groove. However, my favorite part of the evening - surprise, surprise - was the tribute to hip-hop. The one and only, MC Lyte took the stage with style in skinny leather pants (the girl is tiny!) and a smooth swagger. She broke into “Cha Cha Cha” before bringing it home with my favorite flashback “Ruffneck.” Following her was the master himself, Doug E. Fresh!!! He took us through the history of hip-hop and rap with about a 10 minute medley, ending in signature style by beat-boxing vs. the drummer. AH-MAZ-ING!!
Such a great show, who knew you could hoot and holler in Carnegie Hall? haha. If you are in New York from March 4 – 23, do yourself a favor and check out HONOR. I definitely walked away thinking there ain’t no MTN high enough. ;) ;)