Keyshia Cole - Club Nokia - 4-19-13
Better than: Selling fish plates
On Friday night, a long line of mostly women wrapped around Club Nokia for the Keyshia Cole concert. Devoted fans of the Oakland bred R&B star came out in full force with tight spandex dresses and too-sexy-to-be-comfortable heels. It was a night of booty pops and all things ratchet.
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8:30 Mateo warmed up the crowd before Chrisette Michele came to the stage. He had everything that should be in a male R&B artist's toolkit: a delicate falsetto, an edgy bad boy look, and a refined taste for the classics. He covered "Love You Down" by the wet jheri curled group, Ready For The World. A concertgoer lifted her arm as if she was savoring every moment of the intimate bedroom jam. Mateo continued the romantic mood with an original song called "Doubt."
8:43: "U fuckin' with me!!!" A group of tightly dressed women with equally wound attitudes almost went to blows with a woman seated behind them. Several people waved their arms to get security's attention. After what seemed to be an eternity, one staff member tried to diffuse the situation. The staff member left, but the conflict didn't. After face to face arguing, one of the women from the angry group shoved her opponent.
8:51 The lights turned off and Chrisette Michele entered showing off her slimmer physique with a fitted motorcycle jacket and black skinny jeans. "I was in this crazy relationship! And I wrote this song called 'Epiphany,'" she said. The crowd got on their feet as the song's hard hitting chorus reverberated throughout the room. Whether it comes in a raspy whisper or a baptist revival squall, Michele's voice is the epitome of consistent.
9:30: "Woman to Woman was good but that last Calling All Hearts album was garbage!" A concertgoer in front of my friend and I turned around for a spirited Keyshia Cole conversation as we wait for the main act. She wore fiery red lipstick that matched her personality. "My sister wasted her money on that one! I hope the old Keyshia comes out." It can be inferred that the old Keyshia is the straight from the hood, her hand on her hip, more concerned about cussing out a trifling lover than engineering a hit.
9:37 During an intermission of old school jams, a middle-aged woman in a white lace Easter dress grabbed the back of a chair to do something that looked like the combination of squats and a booty pop. People danced in the aisles with strangers like they knew them their whole lives. Keyshia Cole fans are a friendly bunch.
9:52: The room got dark, and the crowd stood in expectation with outstretched arms that held their cameras steady. A surprisingly elaborate set was revealed with a graffiti wall and a second floor complete with a pink bed and a Keyshia Cole portrait. Cole walked on the upper floor with waist-length blond hair, bedazzled silver heels, and a short white dress with a frilly bottom straight out of the '90s.