Last night, I attended a sold out Lauryn Hill concert with no ticket in hand at the Warner Theatre in DC. I felt stupid because I didn’t know she was coming to town until that morning. But…err…ahhh, according to the packed house, everybody knew!
So, in I walked with a friend whose friend was singing background. Upon noticing that the tickets were left for us were up in the suite, we headed there all excited. Who cares where you sit at a L Boogie concert? Not I, said Free.
But then the ticket lady came from behind the will call booth and yelled my name. “FRREEEE,” she screamed. I felt a chill. What did she want? Well, she wanted to give me her 5th row seats so I could see the show up close. How sweet was she? Thank you, Miss Gwenda and Miss Ronnette. I enjoyed my gift!
As the show began, the DJ ran through almost every Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston record there was. The crowd was up singing and dancing in the aisles before Miss Hill hit the stage. (I keep telling y’all DJs run the world.)
We are all aware of Lauryn’s struggles performing in the past few years and I know what you’re thinking… “Did she show up? Did she make you wait hours? Did she give the people what they want? Did she sound good? Did she go on a rant?” And all I can say is, check the videos. (Sorry, I couldn’t get my camera so iPhone cam it was.)
Miss Hill not only showed up, she showed out! Sounded good, looked great, and gave a Hill party up in the Warner Theatre.
The Lauryn Hill tour is on its way overseas next month. Backstage (thanks, security for allowing me), I was told by her staff that this was the last show in the US for now. I let out a big sigh, thankful that I caught it.
I was inspired, dancing, and in a state of musical bliss when this woman hit the stage. So, next time Miss Hill is in your city, make sure you go see her, but here are two suggestions:
1. Stay tuned to her website LaurynHill.com or Live Nation because I promise you, I did not know she was coming.
2. Read the fine print where you park your car as my garage closed when I got out. LOL. But y’all know me, I make it happen. Somehow, I got them to open back up and give me my whip! Haha, the power of persuasion. “Who run the world?” FREE.
P.S. It is one of my goals to interview Lauryn woman to woman about so many things. God willing, I will get that opportunity one day soon!
Again, thanks to Chelsea and everyone else that took such good care of us on this rainy night in DC. I surely felt like the sun was shining through. A living legend was on stage in front of me. Friggin’ priceless like “flipping in the ghetto on a dirty mattress”!
Click here to see more footage from the show!