Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Return Of The Greatest Concert Series Ever (--EVER!!)...

It is just about two months until VH1 brings the return of their Divas Live concert series back to NYC, with a September 17 concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House.

When VH1 debuted their first Divas Live concert ten years ago, I was not allowed to go. It was held at the Beacon Theatre, which my mother mistakenly thought was in New Jersey (WTF??), and being that I was only fourteen, she didn’t want me to have to go there and back on my own. Instead of singing along and actually standing when Mariah urged the audience to, I had to settle for watching the broadcast at my aunt and uncle’s house because, oh yeah, my parents didn’t even have cable television. But I was always a really creative kid, so it was no problem for me to pretend I was there at the concert with my best friend. This time around, though, I’m an adult, and I grew up in the borough in which the concert is taking place (two reasons I would be able to arrive at the venue unscathed), so there is no way I will miss it!

At the very first Divas Live concert, I was thrilled to find my childhood faves of the aforementioned Mariah Carey and Gloria Estefan, along with current faves Mariah Carey and Shania Twain. Throw in some classics like Aretha Franklin and Carole King, and it was a night to remember whether you were there in person alongside celeb “presenters” like Jennifer Aniston or if you were just watching from home. The cause was great, too-- Save The Music—and these days, with public schools cutting arts programs left and right, it has never been more needed. With Viacom gearing up for the concert in August by creating a VOD playlist, the powers that be must be putting the final touches on the performers and their set lists. Be ensured I will post that here once I have confirmation, but for now, enjoy my own personal "dream" Divas concert.

Mariah Carey (natch)

Whitney Houston (in keeping with her "comeback" album, if she is in as top-notch shape as they say, she should blow the doors off that opera house!)

Leona Lewis

Kelly Clarkson


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