If at any point, you were yearning for something to fill the void of Prince being gone, or you simply needed a dose of some good music; then Morris Day and the Time’s performance at Ballpark Village was were you needed to be. Just before the classic group took to the stage, local band, Dirty Muggs graced us with a hyped up live performance of cover songs we have come to love. My personal favorite part of their set was the closing guitar rendition of the National Anthem. Once they completed their electric performance that had the crowd on its feet, we were ready to keep the party going.
Intermission was filled with Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Chaka Kahn jams, played by the DJ as the sun sEric and the purple lights came on. A signal to everyone the time had finally come.
After being introduced by St. Louis’ own Stacy Static, the band arrived on stage. Decked out in the stylish gear we remembered them wearing, the music came on in full force.
Seconds after the band began playing, Mr. Morris Day himself appeared. Adorned in the classic, yellow suit, the performer began performing as if he had just appeared on the music scene that day. The consummate performer gave us hit after hit, as he delved out his upbeat songs like; Oak Tree, Jerk Out and Jungle Love.
In true form, the performer did his signature dance moves to each song, not forgetting the occasional glances in the mirror.
Soon after performing his collection of upbeat tunes, he disappeared for a costume change as the mood changed.
Upon his return, Day came out in a long, white jacket he calls his “pimp jacket” and a blinged out scarf. This seemed to be the perfect ensemble as he & the Time then shifted to slower ballads, Girl and Gigolos Get Lonely Too. But let’s not forget the classic 777 9311, we all have down as one of Day’s top songs.
My all time favorite part had to be when Freak Juice, the guitarist belted out the sexist cords as he talked dirty to guests on the stage with each stroke of his guitar strings. The crowd participation was another bonus as the band segway into Ice Cream Castles, before ending with The Walk.
All in all, I’d have to say it was a perfect Friday well spent. If you are looking for some good company, and great music, be sure to catch the next concert in the series featuring Jon B & Silk.
Until the next concert!
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