Lauryn Hill coming to the House of Blues in Orlando
While Lauryn Hill is deep into the throes of her live-performance comeback these days -- it's been three years since a much-ballyhooed concert at the Ritz Ybor, one of our favorite shows of 2011 -- her history of erratic behavior and legal troubles means that for us, any public L.Boogie sighting counts as a stop-the-presses moment.
So our ears perked up when we heard the mercurial Hill was coming to the House of Blues in Orlando. The singer-rapper behind electric hits like Doo Wop (That Thing), Lost Ones, Ex-Factor and any number of Fugees classics will return to Central Florida on Aug. 15. Tickets start at $49, and they go on sale Saturday. Click here.
We can hope she'll add a Tampa Bay show while she's in Central Florida, but if not, this one's worth the drive. As evidenced by her surprise performance with Skrillex at this year's Bonnaroo, Hill can still command a microphone, even though it's been 16 years (!) since The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. As we wrote about that 2011 performance at the Ritz:
The room went electric when Hill launched into a five-song Fugees set, with each song topping the next — How Many Mics, Fu-Gee-La, Killing Me Softly. She brought the house lights down for the spine-tingling intro to Ready Or Not. Forget ’Clef and Pras — Hill delivered each song as if it were her own.
There will be some debate as to whether this was a great concert. Was it the tightest set you’ll ever see? No. It was, in many ways, something better — it was real, palpable, at times awkward, chilling and thrilling. The room swelled with tension as fans wondered what Hill might do next, and when it was clear that she could still deliver the goods, that tension was released in harmonious positive energy.
So yeah: This one'll be worth the price of admission.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*