^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
4

Last Night: David Banner at House of Blues' Pontiac Garage

David Banner House of Blues' Pontiac Garage July 9, 2008

Better Than: A rousing round of PaRappa the Rapper.

Download: This footage someone shot from last night's show...

Everybody knows a David Banner. He's that popular jock that everyone in high school should hate--he's popular, good-looking, charismatic, successful--but no one does. He's too goofy, too fun-loving, too affable.

So everyone loves him, and he fits in with any crowd--when he wants to.

Last night was no different. He backflipped on stage and he grinded on girlfriends in the crowd. He told jokes and he preached about God. To an extent, it was a nit of incongruities. But, hell, the guys was so charming, no one seemed to mind. Sure, some in the crowd snickered at the audacity of Banner saying "If you love motherfuckin' God, make some noise!" Uh, really? Using the lord's name in vain to praise him? Hmmmm...

But then Banner would flash a silly look and a smile at the crowd, and all was forgiven. That's pretty much how this show went.

Oh, there was music, too. Banner played the night close to the vest, playing mostly his hits and club bangers only. The highlights: "Play," "Cadillacs on 22's," and "Get Like Me," the last of which Banner performed three times for the crowd because he kept getting distracted during the first two efforts (getting held up while roaming through the crowd, mostly) and, each time, he promised he wouldn't end the night without doing the song right.

To his credit, he did just that--and yet he also didn't want to end the night. His set started late, at about 9:45 or so, and only ran about an hour long. I guess that's hip-hop for you, but it got a little annoying toward the end when Banner continuously asked the crowd to buy his new album The Greatest Story Ever Told. "It's a classic," he promised as the crowd began thinning out.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

That we'll have to see on. And while this show wasn't necessarily classic, it was still a fun time.

Critic's Notebook Personal bias: None. To me, Banner's always been one of those hip-hop artists you know about, but you can't remember any songs from. And then they come on the PA and you're like, "Oh, this is him! I like this one!"

Random note: Banner hilarious called out the two hip-hop stations in town, thanking one for playing his music early and wondering why the other was slow on playing some of his hits early on. But he refused to name names.

By the way: Did you know David Banner has a new album coming out on July 15? Everyone at House of Blues last night does now... Just kidding, it wasn't that egregious. --Pete Freedman

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.