Beyonce. Queen Bey. BaddieBey. Beyhive. Mrs. Carter. So many names! Alls (yes, I just said "alls) that matters is that on Saturday, a big kahuna concert got crossed off the live jams bucket list.August 3rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY; J & I joined thousands of giddy fans for the Mrs. Carter World Tour.
As an early birthday gift, J purchased tickets several months back when the Mrs. Carter World Tour was announced. Within 3 minutes, a pair of tickets in a decent section of the venue were hard to come by. While Beyonce probably has a long career ahead of her; however long it takes until the next album drops or the next concert tour is an unknown. We were keen on seeing her on this circuit so to the VIP packages we went. Yeah, we'll drop some Washingtons for two tickets (in actuality, we needed some other presidents and non-presidents to join the party). Plus, we heard her show has the most strobes out of any show. Of course, we want to see that. Maybe seize in the process? Who knows? We're crazy kids!
The VIP package that J purchased included a credit for tour merchandise. Yes, I got the visually stimulating program and a Beyonce cutoff shirt. It came with two mini pepsis with Beyonce's likeness on the cans. I'm a coke girl so I'll just look at the cans. (no pun intended). And it also included a credit for Rent the Runway - an e-tailer that rents out designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the price to purchase.
I decided on the Nanette Lepore Joan of Arc Mini. Retail value $398. Rental $90 (included in our ticket package). Honestly, I was intrigued - this being my first time to use the service. The site was user friendly and allowed you to plan out your rental weeks in advance. I was impressed at the level of intuitiveness and customer service the site provided. With each rental, they'll send you a size up or down free of charge just in case the dress doesn't fit right. It comes with a pre-packaged UPS envelope so once you're done with your event, pop the dress in the mailer and send it off. They take care of dry cleaning, mends, and everything else! You keep the photos, garment bag, and a great experience. I felt sexy, special and empowered. Watching "Run the World" performed in a booming arena feeling like a kajillion bucks will probably do that to any woman.
The show was impressive to say the least. The production quality top notch. Her band and dancers - great musicians and performers. The fans - everyone we encountered was in great spirits. Pretty awesome for a crowded event of that size...in Brooklyn. The videos in between costume and set changes were enthralling and impeccably done from concept to execution. And her voice? Beyonce can saaaang. Whether she's being flown across the arena, lying on her back on top of a piano, or throwing her booty/body around doing choreography, her voice sounds flawless. Girl is blessed with some pipes and a performance quality that is strongly her own. Her stage presence is like her holding court and she made sure she let everyone know that she is Queen. Thanks for the amazing night Bey! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWCLnFWymKQ&w=1280&h=720]