Last Night: Devin the Dude at Warehouse Live


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The crowd lit up in more ways than one when the Dude broke into big, funky jazz arrangements of classics "Sticky Green," "Lacville '79" and "Do What You Wanna Do." While Warehouse Live doesn't overly encourage smoking at these gigs, they certainly didn't lift a finger to stop it on Wednesday, either, as the crowd got loose to some flute trills and church organ. It was something to behold.

The Coughee Brothaz came out front for nice arrangements of "Who Got That Funk" and "We Get High," but the band sounded its best on "Right Now," a soft, exhilarating track from To tha X-Treme. It had never been performed live before, the rapper said, and the band sounded tight.

"They rehearsed vigorously!" the Dude exclaimed, and the crowd responded with genuine appreciation.

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That same easy, friendly flow extended to "Doobie Ashtray," the most crucial bit of musical communion to be experienced at a Devin concert. The crowd was feeling the band's snappy rendition, and they were squarely in the palm of the rapper's hand when he delivered a brief sermon introducing the set-closer, "Anythang."

"Every heartbeat's a new start to do something positive with your life, if that's what you choose," the Dude said.

Devin's music has the power to make such sentiments ring true. I mean, c'mon: "Anything is plenty, man." If there's a better rap lyric to kick off Thanksgiving, I sure as hell didn't hear it. As promised, the Dude delivered glad tidings and warm feelings to all who attended, sending them home to their families in the true holiday spirit.

Let's just hope nobody got pulled over on the way back.

Personal Bias: Devin is a favorite.

The Crowd: Like, really high.

Overheard In the Crowd: "Do you have my lighter? I just had it."

Random Notebook Dump: It was nice to see a rapper fill a stage with musicians instead of a bunch of useless dudes hanging out and bobbing their heads.



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Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

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