Friday Night: Lee-Lonn At Reserve Lounge

Categories: Aftermath

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Photos by Larami Serrano
Lee-Lonn
Reserve Lounge
April 22, 2011

9:08 p.m. Lee-Lonn, in case you've yet to hear his name, is one of Houston's marquee R&B talents. He's so good, in fact, that we're heading out to see him perform live right now, despite the fact that a) far as we can tell, he only has two songs; and b) he's performing at Reserve Lounge, a downtown venue that's about as enjoyable as getting glass flicked into your eyeballs.

9:25: Here. Along with eight others. Awesome.

9:28: When a smoke machine kicks on in a packed club, it's kind of cool thing. When it kicks on in an empty club, though, it looks like some pipes just broke or something.

Btw, we took our sons to see Toy Story on Ice recently. Did you know they use the same smoke machine there that they do at cheesy nightclubs? Because they do. They have the same smell. It's weird. We couldn't stop picturing Buzz and Woody trying to hit on girls at The Roxy. Could you imagine Woody walking up to women at the bar like, "There's a snake in my boot... and my pants"? That slickster Woody.

9:33: So, we were told to get to Reserve at 9 p.m. (no chance), which really meant to get here at 9:30 p.m. (that's what we did), which really meant to get here at 10 p.m. (we should have done this), which really, really meant to get here at 10:45 (we really should've done this).

9:51: Oh, hey, some religious zealots are standing at the corner of an intersection handing out fliers and trying to talk to people about secularity. Cool, cool. Let's see if we can walk by them without getting notic - aw crap, here comes one of them.

9:54: Turns out, an eternity of hellfire is likely in our future. Bummer. On the plus side, we did get to hear the word "heretical" tonight, which we absolutely weren't expecting.

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10:03: Back at Reserve. So here's what's what: Lee-Lonn was supposed to have performed last week, but says his show was axed because "I wasn't here on time, even though they didn't tell me what time to get here." He gets here this week at 9 p.m. because they tell him he's performing at 9:30. It's a couple of minutes after 10 now, and the band isn't even here. Reserve Lounge, ladies and gentlemen.

Lee-Lon, "Feeling Good"

10:05: They're charging $3 for a cup of water? Nah. Guess it's Bathroom Sink Drink time. Ballin' outta control, as they say.

10:07: Ludacris's "My Chick Bad" is being played over the house speakers right now. He might have the most commercially successful yet entirely disposable rap music of all time. Once it runs through its shelf life, it simply becomes culturally unnecessary.

What a weird thing. He's good, and his music is almost always at least fun, but it just doesn't stay inflated for very long. Balloons! (That's a "My Chick Bad" joke within a My Chick Bad timestamp, suckas. Respect.)

10:23: People are getting restless. The injustice of the situation is unsettling. This is evolving into a Lee-Lonn's Fans vs. Reserve Lounge thing. Time to organize a protest. About to start a "LEE-LONN!" chant like a motherfucker.

10:39: Oh, look, the band decided to show up. That's nice of them. It's cool how they're walking in, setting up their equipment all slow and shit.


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Reserve Bar & Lounge

723 Main St., Houston, TX

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21 comments
Ofwgkta
Ofwgkta

I went to this show. The venue sucked. The singer was alot worse. Budding musicians should take note: NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR YOU SING OTHER ARTISTS SONGS!!!!!! Leave the covers for youtube and perform ORIGINAL material at all times. Never forget that and sure enough you gain notoriety for your own catalog. And if you want to make it as a lead male vocalist and have a career, GET VOCAL LESSONS!

Richard_batiste
Richard_batiste

You speak that truth avid diva. Im going put like this here......1. If the door is not to be open till 10 then the door is not to be open till 10, but yet the doors were open (who is running things obviously not the person who said the door was not to be open till 10)..... 2. how the hell the artist and his fans gone be at the venue B4 the band ( i believed that was a staged act)........ 3. Now if the venue was carried poorly by its employees(promoters now n days) and the artist did a superb job and i was a Houston Press writer then i would keep it real and tell it how it is... If you say you running things then run it, if every one did their role then i do not think this review would have been written the way it is displayed above. Shea Serrano kept it real. but i guess it was the on quote "incentive" of things that caused things to go down the way it did. enough about the ppl who did not do their part shout out to Lee-Lonn for hurdling all barriers. i like the venue, just not the selective few ppl who claimed they was "running thangs" (cream corn voice). shout out to Shea Serrano for keeping it real

AVID DIVA
AVID DIVA

All jokes aside, I think it's important to separate the performance from the venue. The venue and its employees/employers were substandard at best. I've been to The Reserve Lounge twice and it is not on my list of "gotta go there agains."

As for Lee-Lonn's performance, this was my first time seeing his show live and I enjoyed it. Actually I was blown away but if I say that then some reader of this site will assume that I'm his momma or sister or something.

I enjoyed it DESPITE the crappy sound system including the garbled sounding mic and DESPITE the lackluster band. I think Lee-Lonn was professional and made lemonade out of lemons. The lemons being the LATE and less than enthusiastic band and the horrid sound system.

I agree with your suggestion...book the man a proper venue. He deserves it.

P.S...I would rather listen to Lee-Lonn on a garbled microphone with a shotty sound system ANYDAY than to listen to Rihanna, Tre Songz, Omarion or most of the artists getting mainstream play.

Another P.S...I urge you to go to Reserve Lounge and listen to Reggie Jamz live. You will want to call Lee-Lonn personally and beg him to perform instead...but this review isn't about Reggie Jamz screaming in the mic, staring at himself in the mirror during musical interludes,dragging a song out for 18.2343 hours or simulating sexual gestures to the beat of the drum. Or is it? I digress.

Lee-Lonn is a class act and talented at that. I'm not biased, I just have ears.

Thuro
Thuro

I'm a huge fan & supporter of Lee-Lonns music. @Silverstinemusic, WOW, you have a "degree in public relations"!!!!! You also add a PHd to your resume, Player Hatin Degree (ayo *drumroll). Why don't you go make a name for yourself like Lee-Lonn is doing. B/c at this point, nobody has heard of you. Lee, keep pushing it homie.

Bow87wow
Bow87wow

lee lonn is the shit he has an amazing VOice i have known him for a while and have heard his voice greatly improve!!!! to all the haters below me get a fucking life yall fucking lame .....lee i love you !!!

Johnnyrey2010
Johnnyrey2010

Why so much hate/negative opinions .. If you cant top what that man doing stfu - The Artist

Joshcon2010
Joshcon2010

man this is bullshittt......get a life brahhh

Jbsweetiepie05
Jbsweetiepie05

#IMSLEEP I was a Leelonn fan but dude ain't got it #HECRACKSTOOMUCH plus yeah he was on time this week...he strolled in past me & my girls...lil man's a diva!

Silverstinemusic
Silverstinemusic

This is a load of bias crap. How much did this dude pay to get this review . I have seen his show.....NOT IMPRESSED! I have been to THE RESERVE and had a blast. As a singer...songwriter.producer and graduate with a degree in public relations myself I can tell that this review is a strategic yet weak attempt to gain leverage in the music game. Key word WEAK... the best way to help LeeLon as an artist is not to fabricate a biased review but to give real constructive yet critical analysis of his amateur (not MARQUEE) performance in a live show.

Strunk& White
Strunk& White

Say Shea the time line gimmick is stale. I'll bet that you can write a decent review without it. .... :)

Pickleroy
Pickleroy

I know Leelond, I've listened to Leelonn..Leelon is da real deal! He needs no sound affects, no flashy stage show.. His voice speaks for itself, it holds it's own and it's very marketable... Being in music practically all my life.. on stage with the likes of Celine Dionne, Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, Alan Toussaint,and more. I've been around the best of the best, as well as majored in music at Texas Southern University with the likes of Kirk Whalum, Kyle Turner, and many more.....too many to name.. I can witness to the fact that whoever tries to say Lee-Lonn is not the real deal.. Is a lie and a half, and probably as jealous as they come.. He's on his way.

Pickleroy
Pickleroy

Exacty what i'm saying Thuro.. Silverstine is one of those, Elvis is better than Michael Jackson buttheads! He's also unknown the world over.. who are you Silverstine..?

Silverstinemusic
Silverstinemusic

Likewise..It was just so obvious that this review was some kind of ploy. I do have a Name and trust its not Silverstone...lol...no dis to the artist.leelon..no one ever said he didn't have talent but this review was not an accurate depiction of his performance....PERIOD! It is what it is.

Ssp2900
Ssp2900

I think the review sucks ass but i like lee-lonn the kid can sing.

Silverstinemusic
Silverstinemusic

In the industry u take the good with the bad...(note most of these defenders "have known him for a very long time"). Your opinion is biased..not objective. Know the difference between hating and professional criticism. This is not an attack in leelon..its a regurgitation after reading this SOUPED UP...Biased...Inaccurate...review.

Pickleroy
Pickleroy

You sound pretty jealous.. let's see what you've done? where is it.. just like your picture, it's a silhouette of nothing!

Pickleroy
Pickleroy

soonerthanlater, you suck. Leelon's vocal range is impeccable..I've heard him a million times.. You need to go back to listening to your big sister singing twinkle twilkle little star! Ya moron!

Shea Serrano
Shea Serrano

I could never abandon the timeline, sir. It's like a child to me. I love it. I brush its hair, I wash the dirt from its crevices, I read it stories when I tuck it into bed at night. It will forever be a part of my life. I actually have a tattoo on my back that's a timeline recounting of the time I got a tattoo of a timeline on my back. But I appreciate the confidence you have in me.

Shea

Pickleroy
Pickleroy

I just want to hear what you've done in music silverstineguy! Mary had a little lamb don't count!

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