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Alicia, Robin & Melanie: WOW!

On April 10th, Robin Thicke, Melanie Fiona and Alicia Keys finished the Element of Freedom Tour in Oakland at the Oracle Arena. I love concerts, especially when there is a line-up of great soulful artists!  I was anxious to see Melanie Fiona since I have never seen her perform live. She performed a few of her hit songs (“Give It To Me Right”, “It Kills Me”) and even sang Chaka Khan’s hit “Sweet Thing” with her powerful voice and rocking a gold sequin dress. After Melanie Fiona’s opening, the stage was set for Robin Thicke’s Sex Therapy set.

Robin Thicke's Sex Therapy

I have seen Robin Thicke perform twice before and this performance was definitely different than the other times. Robin Thicke danced throughout his set and even tossed his suit jacket into the crowd! At one point, Robin Thicke asked the crowd “What does every women need?” And I was thinking, “Shoes?”, but apparently he was alluding to his single, “Sex Therapy.” haha He performed “Lost Without You” as one of his final songs and closed his set by rapping to a Lil’ Wayne song, which was more than a little strange. I enjoyed his performance overall but I still can’t help but picture Mr. Jason Seaver when I see Robin Thicke. eek. Then I think Mr. Seaver and Sex Therapy? Ewww.

oh yea....Growing Pains!

Alicia Keys began her set emerging from a smoke-filled stage within a cage to go with her Element of Freedom theme. This was my second time to see Alicia perform and I was happy to hear her sing her hits, but I was disappointed that she did not play her piano as much as she did at the last concert. I was also hoping she would perform a reggae version of some of her songs as she usually does in performances, but she did not this time.

Alicia is amazing live and I loved when she performed “Like You’ll Never See Me Again”, which is my favorite Alicia Keys song. Not only was I blown away by her voice and performance, but I was also amazed by Alicia’s super high heels!  She performed for about two hours, singing and dancing across the stage and up and down stairs. She changed into three outfits, all which included super sexy high heels! Her most beautiful change was into a flowing mermaid white gown.

Alicia closed the show with “Empire State of Mind (Part II)” and interchanged “New York” with “Oakland” for all of the fans.

I definitely enjoyed the concert…now I’m antsy for the next concert…anybody know of any good shows coming up? =P

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Alicia Keys, Robin Thicke and Melanie Fiona, oh my!

On Saturday, April 10th, Alicia Keys is coming to Oakland’s Oracle Arena for her Element of Freedom Tour! And to sweeten the deal, she is coming with Robin Thicke and Melanie Fiona! I am still recovering from the amazing Maxwell concert, but I’m ready for Alicia Keys! If you haven’t listened to the Element of Freedom album yet, you should definitely do it now! Here are my favorite tracks off of the album:
“Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart”
“Unthinkable – I’m Ready”
“Doesn’t Mean Anything”
“Empire State of Mind – Part II”
“Love is My Disease”

Alicia’s previous album, As I Am, was also fantastic and included the tracks “No One”, “Like I’ll Never See You Again”, “Teenage Love Affair” and “Superwoman”. The Element of Freedom album differs from the As I Am album in the tone and mood of her lyrics and melodies. As I Am expresses passionate love and celebrating that love. However, the Element of Freedom explores the sadness and heartache of being away from your loved one and the complications that come with love. Even though this album is not as “upbeat” per se, I still love it and listen to it every morning.

I have seen Robin Thicke live twice before but this will be my first time seeing him perform his Sex Therapy album. If you have never heard of Robin Thicke, I am sure you know his dad, Alan Thicke. Alan Thicke is the dad on the old TV show, Growing Pains. And Robin Thicke looks just like his dad, but he has an awesome soulful voice. Check out his performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show below. Be prepared for the sexy melody and lyrics! Be warned: If Robin Thicke reminds you too much of Alan Thicke, I would recommend closing your eyes. It’s kinda weird to picture Alan Thicke singing about giving you Sex Therapy. eeek. =P Anyways…check out his performance. Robin Thicke’s Sex Therapy performance

I am also excited to see Melanie Fiona. I have not heard many of her songs but I am anxious to be introduced to her music and I have heard a lot of great things about her. So if you haven’t bought your ticket for the concert yet, buy it here: Ticketmaster

Hope to see you there! You know how I love my live soul music! Please let us know if you hear of any other great soul concerts coming to the San Francisco Bay Area!

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