On Tuesday, June 4th, it was a fiesta at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City. The place was nicely decorated for the one and only Mint Condition, who performed as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival.
Prior to the group's grand entrance on stage, it was throwback night for NYC natives. The DJ played jams from Guy, Janet, Horace Brown, 112, Michael Jackson, Mark Morrison, and many more.
Once Stokley, O'Dell, Larry, Jeffrey, and Ricky stepped on stage, the audience went bananas, screaming so loud, I wouldn't be a surprise if their tonsils were not sore the next day. The band started off performing their new song, "In the Moment," from the new album, Music at the Speed of Life, released September 11 (2012). The performance, coupled with Stokley's humorous stage presence and electrifying dance moves, was truly one of a kind.
After the kick off, the group took concert-goers on a ride down memory lane as they performed their other R&B classics including "You Don't Have to Hurt No More," "Someone to Love," "Forever in Your Eyes," "If You Love Me," "Nothing Left to Say," "Caught My Eye," "You Send Me Swingin'," "Sometimes," and the 1996's ground breaking song, "What Kind of Man I Would Be," from the Definition of a Band album. Stokley also sung two other songs, "Slo Woman," and the lead single, "Believe in Us," from their new album. Some believe the latter can be the next relationship anthem.
The group ended the segment with their smash hit, "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)." Fans knew they were going to perform the song as soon they heard the drums and the guys whispering "Pretty Brown Eyes." This was an important hit for Mint Condition. The song set a crucial mark in their career and recognized them as one of the best adult contemporary R&B groups of our time. The industry didn't have a choice but to welcome this dynamic group
Mint Condition changed the art of R&B music in 1991 while other male R&B groups were more provocative and hard core in their music. Instead of following the trend, they incorporated their own musical twist; combining other musical genres in their sound. It was a long time coming for Mint Condition, but they broke musical barriers that inspired the next generation of artists to step up to the plate. And this is why Mint Condition's music is still relevant over 20 years later. Not too many musical acts have a lead vocalist and band, all in one. The group can do it all, record baby making music, compose and arrange the music of love and entertain their fans. Many male groups come and go, but Mint Condition will forever have the unique sound that music lovers enjoy each time their song plays on the radio.
If you miss Mint Condition's performance at B.B. King this month, the guys will take another trip to the Big Apple in October.