It is Saturday night and I’m looking to be anywhere with good vibes for a good times. Where do I end up? Department Store! No no no not the mall, the jazz spot on the east side of Atlanta. Now, I was expecting a live band because hey, it is east Atlanta, but I was not expecting to get my soul serenaded, touched, and moved!!
In the attic of Department Store was greeted by Britne Dionne and Friends. It was a LIVE performance, LIVE band, and a LIVE crowd kind of event. The passionate sultry, Britne, opened her mouth and immediately goosebumps replaced my pores. From the first note uttered I knew I was in for a treat.
Britne Dionne and Friends performed their hearts out and completely had the place mesmerized. From trumpet-sax duet to her overly talented back up singers to Britne’s life-giving scats; I was sold! Passion exudes from her very being as she command our attentions. Then, brace yourself, then each back up singer had their own solo song in the set.
Now, maybe that doesn’t mean much to you, but I have attend A LOT of events and have never seen this done. Each singer was not only skilled but unique in their style, but what I loved the most about this gesture, I could see not only the connection but faith she had in them…and when I heard them sing, I respected it.
I completely lose myself when I hear a LIVE band and this one really held down the fort. Their transitions were effortless and each of them had a smile painted on their face. They were in their element and their sound reflected that.
I couldn’t contain myself; whispering to my friend how much Britne Dionne scats reminded me of Amy Winehouse, and BAM, she had me. She preformed a cover of ” Valerie” that would make Amy shed a tear. Did I mention the life Britne Dionne’s scats gave me?
Unfortunately, all good nights must come to end no matter how many encores the crowd request. The gracious host, Ellevation, closed us out with her personality and amazing spoken word.
My Saturday was more than eventful, it was satisfying and inspiring, but where were you…?