En Vogue – the thing with the band

En Vogue 23.04.2017

Location: Gibson Club, Frankfurt

Ticket price: 47,10€

Favourite song of the artist: Don’t let go

Least favourite song of the artist:-

Favourite lyrics: „Before you can read me you gotta learn how to see me“ (Free your mind)

Favourite song live: Free your mind

Favourite quote of the night:

Why this artist?

Growing up I just loved the songs of En Vogue, TLC, SaltnPepa and so on, even though I didn’t understand much of the lyrics. It was a nice surprise to realise that En Vogue and TLC would both come to Europe the same year. Sadly TLC then had to cancel their tour and I had to send back the tickets.

Location

The Gibson is a music club in middle of the city of Frankfurt. It’s in the basement of a building and has club concerts as well as simply clubbing. It’s not too big and I loved the atmosphere. Absolute perfect location for a small club gig and there are so many artists I’d love to see there.

Concert

Following my usual pattern we stood right next to the FOH, even though it wasn’t really in the middle this time. It had the advantage that we could see the screens of the mixers and knew exactly which song would be next, because the setlist was right there. When you don’t know all of the songs of an artist, that can be really helpful, because then you know when familiar songs will be played.

The three ladies apparently travelled without their own tech crew, which I found strange at first. Until we realised that there was no band. It was singing over a playback of music. No matter how well you sing and how fantastic your voice is, how great your presence and how nice you are to the audience – please, never EVER do that. There is no spontaneity on stage, no way to react to the audience and don’t even get me started on the sound and the feeling.

So when the show started I have to admit I was disappointed. Not by the three singers, but by the lack of a band.

These three are absolute pros. They know how to work a stage, even one as small as the one at Gibson. The dance moves and choreographies aren’t over the top, but they still let you know that you probably couldn’t do that. Ok, there is no way I could do some of the moves without upping my gym time tremendously. And even then I would never look as fabulous as they did while singing at the same time.

Of course they played all of their biggest hits like ‚Free your mind‘, ‚Don’t let go‘ and ‚Whatta man‘. We all loved it and everyone sang along. My favourite was the Funky Divas medley, where they took turns singing songs like ‚Respect‘ (Aretha Franklin), Lady Marmelade (Labelle) or ‚Proud Mary‘ (Tina Turner). How phenomenal would that medley have been, had there been a live horn section on stage with them?!

I don’t know if it was because the music had come to an end or there was another reason, but there were no encores. They left the stage and that was it. At first we thought they would come back and the technicians didn’t seem sure either about the overall plan, but then it became clear the show was over.

It was a good performance by three great singers, but the lack of a live band really put a damper on the evening for me.

Fun facts

I am absolutely unable to pronounce the name ‚En Vogue‘ the way the group does. For me this is French and that’s the way I pronounce it. I really don’t remember the American way of saying it 😉

Random thoughts

From personal experience I can say that the ladies check out the instagram posts after the show. So beware what you post there – they’ll see it!

Do it again?

Yes, if they come with a live band absolutely. Without a band I don’t think I’ll do it again.

Akarana84

For the last ten years I have regularly been to concerts at least two or three times a year. At the end of 2016 I decided that 2017 would be my concert year. The experience of witnessing so many great concerts in one year inspired me to start this blog. It also serves as I diary for myself to help and remember the small things that happened during the shows, on and off stage. Please keep in mind that I am not a critic nor do I know a lot about music. This is just my opinion, nothing more and nothing less.

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