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Terri’s Thoughts on Maxwell Concert

Terri Davis

“I’m Just Sayin”


I had the opportunity to see Maxwell last night (7/7/16) at Shea’s Performing Arts Theatre in Buffalo, NY.  One thing that impressed me right from the start was that the show started pretty much on time. Needless to say, you know why THAT was impressive.  I’m just sayin’……..

Anyway, the opening act was a young man named Ro James. He talked about his musical roots implanted in him were full of soul and real music like Donny Hathaway, Maze and the like.  It was the only music his parents let him listen to at home. (Kudos to Mom and Dad). But there was one song in his set called A.D.I.D.A.S. Y’all know what that means. For those of you who don’t, it stand for All Day I Dream About Sex. Now, First of all, I wasn’t feelin’ that. I mean, he sang it well and all but what ever happen to leaving something to the imagination? That’s my issue with most of the music nowadays. The romance is gone, now it’s a blatant “This is what I want to do to you”. Y’all know what I mean. And in some instances, give details. Forgive me for sounding a little frustrated but the reason I feel that way is because this young man has a beautiful voice and can deliver the same message in a tasteful and classy way. However, even though his hit single, “With Your Permission”, does leave somewhat of a remnant to the imagination, it’s on the border. I mean, he at least asked for permission. And, yeah, I jumped my ass up when it came on cause, lets face it, it is the jam. I just think with his talent, he ain’t gotta go there. To put it simply, he could take a queue from Maxwell.  I’m just sayin’…..

Speaking of Maxwell, my reason for going….O……M…..G!!!!!!!! Did NOT disappoint .This man came out in a pair of sunglasses and a baby blue suit that fit like a glove. Well tailored and simple. For me, less is always more. The suit fit him so well it shone on him like an aura. It was as if  IT was it’s own spotlight….without even trying to be. And I’m sure the ladies in the theatre will agree that when he took off those sunglasses and smiled at the audience it felt like he was taking us all out on a date. He was smooth, warm and his energy was contagious. He made you feel like it was more of an intimate setting than a concert. That was just his stage presence. His performance was a whole other animal. You know how when you go to a concert and listen to the artist, it doesn’t quite sound like what you expected? Well, This man sounded better in person because “he be sangin’!!!! Okaay!!!! No synthesizers, no voice enhancers, none of that. Just a smooth, sultry delivery on every cut. He even let the guys know that they may be getting lucky with their ladies tonight. Y’all know he right. I’m just sayin…. And the man has got some interesting moves from his dancing on stage to his dancing index finger. His right index finger looks like it’s dancing itself on its own when he’s in the zone. But lets face it, gotta give it up to the band as well.

Again, a whole other animal. They were crisp, and clear. Every solo was amazing from the horns to the drums, OMG, the drums and the organ. That organ took me somewhere to where I didn’t know if I was coming or going. It was incredible. But together they were like one instrument. All it all, it was a great show and I would definitely see him again.. and you should too. I’m just sayin’……