#Beyonce Slays #Miami ! @FormationWT #FormationWorldTour @MarlinsPark

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Photo Credit: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup for Parkwood Enterainment and Photo Edit: Leslie Heigh for SobeSavvy.com

Miami, Florida… Welcome to The Formation Tour http://share.glide.me/lovely/o633iv9i

On April 27, THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR kicked off its North American concert leg in Miami, Florida at Marlins Park to a sold out stadium. Following her release of her visual album Lemonade, BEYONCÉ wowed fans in Miami by performing 35 songs featuring her hits both old and new. THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR, promoted by Live Nation, presented by American Express and produced by Parkwood Entertainment is the most visually creative concert I have ever seen.
 
That visual album may be a poetic musical tribute to the strength and spiritual power of the black woman but people of all ages, shades and sexuality categories filled the stadium.
Beyhive members came dressed in all black, or donned lemon yellow outfits. Some even wore IVY PARK apparel, the new activewear brand co-founded by Beyoncé.

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THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR is BEYONCÉ’s first solo tour since her ambitious Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013. The sold-out tour spanning two years and five continents thrilled nearly two million fans and was hailed by critics worldwide. During the summer of 2014, BEYONCÉ and JAY Z launched the six-week ON THE RUN Tour (if you missed my review of that amazing tour, see here), playing major stadiums in the US. They ended the tour in Paris, France in September 2014 with two additional dates that were filmed for an HBO Special that was nominated for an Emmy Award.

DJ Khaled along with surprise performances by Lil Wayne, Future, Rick Ross, Yo gotti , 2chainz and Miami’s own Trick Daddy warmed up a crowd that needed no warming up. They were here to see their Queen. The energy was palpable. Anticipation was high. As she appeared center stage on what I think has to be the most massive tour set ever created the crowd lost their collective minds.

For those of you planning to go to The Formation World Tour, here is a bit of what you will experience:
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Miami, Florida. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Parkwood Entertainment)

Beyonce and her dancers get in “Formation” …I promise you won’t be “Sorry” ! The performances are “Flawless” !

You will be reminded who “Run the World”, why Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter is a global icon and a favorite artist to many ( at least she is “Mine”) and that dancing to “Baby Boy” is good for the soul!
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Miami, Florida. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Parkwood Entertainment)

“Hold Up”..I know many of you have started a “Countdown” to when Queen B comes to your town so I am keeping the specific details of the tour between “Me, Myself and I”. That way there are no spoilers “Runnin’” thru your mind “All Night”.

“Don’t Hurt Yourself” or “Ring the Alarm” when you bear witness to Beyonce being a “Naughty Girl” live in concert.
She is indeed an “Independent Woman”, a “Diva” who proudly announces when she is “Feeling Myself”.
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Miami, Florida. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Parkwood Entertainment)

“Yonce” continues to go thru her repetoire of hits such as “7/11” ,
“Drunk in Love” ,“Rocket”, “Daddy Lessons”. She invited 2 women up on the stage to perform “Single Ladies” alongside her. The crowd went “Crazy in Love” for all the “Bootylicious” dance moves!
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Miami, Florida. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Parkwood Entertainment)

Miami heat continued to rise during her red hot performances of “Naughty Girl”
, “Party”, “Blow”, “Nasty Girl”,
“Sweet Dreams /Beautiful Nightmare”.
The audience was given the opportunity to pay tribute to Prince while singing along to “Purple Rain”. With lighters, well cell phones in the air, people were singing and swaying side to side under the purple glow of love. That is what music does. It unifies people. That is what Beyonce wants for us all to get in Formation and love one another.

The final set is where we in attendance got to witness a miracle.( ok, I guess I will give one spoiler). Some say Jesus walked on water, well Beyonce danced on it while singing “Freedom” , “Survivor” (Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams was there sitting nearby in the beehive) ,“End of Time, “Grown Woman” and “Halo”.
Her set list really showcased all her vocal talents and amazing choreography.
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Beyonce thank you for allowing us to be apart of your dream. You shared that as a little girl you wanted to entertain and sell out stadiums. Well you are doing that and more while still remaining humble. You have not only stopped the world, you are changing the world thru your art. This tour is one not to be missed! For complete tour and ticketing information, visit http://www.livenation.com and http://www.beyonce.com

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Photographs of @BizMarkie 80s vs 90s Tour @RitzRaleigh ! A #soNCsavvy Recap

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Last night, party people came out in their 80s or 90s best, dressed and Ready to Party with DJ Biz Markie at The RITZ Raleigh !

From the moment I walked into the venue, I knew it was going to be a fun night ! The Ritz staff did a great job decorating according to the theme: from Rubic Cubes to movie posters from the era; a Moonman a la MTV, even Aquanet Hair Spray in the ladies Room ! Check out my slide show recap here:
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Two local Raleigh bands: 120 Minutes Band and Trainwreak played favorite hits from the 80s and 90s. DJ Biz Markie’s kept the party rocking with two full sets throughout the night.

Be Sure to Follow on Twitter & Instagram at @RitzRaleigh and like Facebook at facebook.com/RitzRaleigh for information and updates on the next fun concert or music event !

Everyone had a blast partying like it was 1999! Enjoy my #soNCsavvy event photos “As seen on the Scene” by SobeSavvy.Com !

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#Raleigh, Win Tix to see @MonicaBrown #CodeRedExperience Tour! w/ @IamRicoLove @RitzRaleigh on 11/28! #soNCsavvy GiveAway

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Monica is bringing Code Red to Raleigh on November 28, 2015 at The Ritz and SobeSavvy.Com has 2 GA Tickets to giveaway to one lucky fan !  Comment below why you want to go and I will randomly choose a winner on November 20th!

In anticipation of her upcoming album, the R&B songstress kicks off “The Code Red Experience” , a 22-date trek starting Nov. 12 in Las Vegas. The tour travels across the country before concluding in New York City on Dec. 13. She will be joined by special guest Rico Love.

“Join us for The Code RED Experience…. @iamricolove & I live and breathe for the depth, honesty & passion that embodies real music,” wrote Monica on Instagram. “Each night we will take you on a musical journey.”

Monica’s eighth album Code Red is due later this year featuring the Lil Wayne-assisted single “Just Right for Me,” for which she recently shot a video at Weezy’s skatepark in Miami.

Tickets are on sale NOW for
Nov. 28 – Raleigh, NC – Ritz
See here : http://m.concerts.livenation.com/event/0E004F4D1584AB69

There is even a Groupon tix deal up for grabs available here: https://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-monica-8?c=LNSM_CT_Raleigh_Monica_fb_ss_111115

I wish I was going to see this songtress as this show is not to be missed! So whomever wins, enjoy for me and please tag #sobesavvygiveaway in your pics ~Good Luck!

#BadBoyReunion #NCCU Homecoming Concert @Dpac #soNCsavvy Recap by #SobeSavvy .Com !

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Durham, NC was the place to be last night as North Carolina Central University’s homecoming week heated up with The Reunion featuring Faith Evans, Mase, Total, Carl Thomas and Black Rob at DPAC !
Durham Performing Arts Center, has become the center for live entertainment in the Triangle.The concert, presented by The DOME Group L.L.C. , showcased all the favorite hits from the late 90’s, early 2000’s and even presented a special tribute to NCCU’s own Mike City.

“We’re honored to bring such an awesome tribute to the golden era of Hip-Hop and R&B,” says promoter and NCCU alum Sulaiman Mausi of The DOME Group, LLC. “This music was the soundtrack of our college days, cookouts and house parties. This night will be EPIC.”

Total opened the show and got the party started with existing members Kima Raynor, and Pamela Long.  Best known for their hits “Kissing You”, “Can’t You See” and “Trippin”, The New Jersey R&B trio made their first appearance singing the hook on The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut single, “Juicy”. Garnering attention for the new group, they were also featured on the original version of his next single “One More Chance.” Their debut single “Can‘t You See?” appeared on the soundtrack to 1995 motion picture “New Jersey Drive.” Total produced two more R&B top ten singles including “No One Else” and “Kissing You.”
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Up next, Black Rob who appears on the Bad Boy remix “Come See Me” is most known for his smash,  “Whoa” . He was also featured on several other Bad Boy releases including remixes “What About Us” and “Love Like This”, the song  “24 Hrs. to Live”, and albums by  Puff Daddy  & the Bad Boy Family and The Notorious B.I.G.

The mood then turned to grown and sexy as Carl Thomas hit the stage! He has over 4 million records sold, 2 Grammy® Nominations, a couple of Soul Train nominations and S.C.L.C. Image award. With the single “I Wish” released in late 1999, Carl topped the R&B charts for six consecutive weeks, creating strong interest in his debut album, Emotional. On the strength of this single, the album was certified platinum with over 1 million in sales. He still sounds as good as ever and thanked the crowd for coming out to support Black Music. He also used his platform to remind all that #BlackLivesMatter.
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Best known as Puff Daddy’s favorite sidekick, Mase secured his place as a Bad Boy label favorite through a series of guest appearances on hit singles by other artists. By the time he issued his debut album, the Bad Boy promotional machine had effectively already made him a star. His flow was slow and relaxed, and his raps often unabashedly simple, which helped make him especially popular with the younger segment of Puff Daddy’s pop-rap audience. Just before the release of his second album, he announced his retirement from rap to pursue a career in the ministry.
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The show’s headliner,  Faith Renée Evans is a multi-platinum Grammy® Award-winning recording artist, songwriter, arranger and record producer. With a music career spanning over two decades, Faith has released eight studio albums, with over 18 million albums sold and spawning over 30 singles. Faith has also performed on 20+ soundtracks and appeared at a host of guest appearances during her career. Faith Evans is a seven-time Grammy® nominee, winning “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group” in 1998 for “I’ll Be Missing You,” an homage to her late husband and hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G.
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Faith Evans also invited her fans,also known as “Faithfuls” to sing along and join her on stage for her final song!  We all had a good time going back down memory lane and jamming to some of out favorite hits. Good music is indeed timeless and the Bad Boy Reunion proved just that !

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For more pics of who was on the red carpet at DPAC, view photos from the event at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dpacnc
Courtesy of DPAC!

@1035thebeat #1035beatdown #concert #kendricklamar #treysongz #future #djkhaled and more… ~ Recap by #SobeSavvy !

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On Thursday, June 12, 2014 , 103.5 The Beat presented the 2014 Beat Down at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fl. The show featured Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, Future, DJ Khaled and more! SobeSavvy was there, along with other excited fans from South Florida and around the world! 

“As 103.5 The Beat continues to be the Urban/Hip-Hop authority in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale market, we strive to provide our listener with the best product possible,” said DJ A-OH Hashem, 103.5 The Beat’s Program Director. “From our music, community focus, on air and digital features to our shows and personalities, it was only right that we continued the trend and provide our listener with the best concert event of the summer. In October, the Beat was back…now on June 12, the Beat Down is back and bigger than ever.”

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The official lineup included performances by Kendrick Lamar (Swimming Pools, Don’t Kill My Vibe), Trey Songz and his abs ..lol (NaNa, Heart Attack), Future (Same Damn Time, Racks, Trophy), Rico Love (They Don’t Know, Be Like), Yo Gotti (Act Right, Got Dat Sack), Mr Vegas (Heads High, Bruk It Down), Meek Mill ( Levels, Ima Boss ), Ace Hood (Bugatti, Hustle Hard) and DJ Khaled (No New Friends, I’m On One) and surprise appearances by Fat Joe and Mavado !

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Everyone who attended was thrilled to see such great performances from the star-studded lineup. No drama, cool vibe, awesome performance = a great concert ! Images from the concert can be seen here: photo credit Getty Images Check out Instagram @1035thebeat , Hashtag #thebeatdown, #1035thebeat, #1035beatdown  for additional photos and video recaps. For the latest from 103.5 The BEAT , follow on Twitter (@1035TheBEAT).

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