My Weekend Getaway at Beau Rivage

Monday, March 14, 2016

This weekend I went to Beau Rivage (Biloxi, Mississippi) to see Chaka Khan (Friday). Unbeknownst to me, she would also perform at the Hyatt in New Orleans Saturday night for the United Negro College Fund ($500 a ticket). I promised myself (after Michael Jackson died) to never miss or skip a concert again, in which I was genuinely interested in seeing an artist (you should definitely do the same, so you have no regrets). Chaka Khan is in my mother's age group (Rufus 70's), but the FIRST TIME I heard Chaka (I didn't see her) was in a low-budget movie called Breakin' (the movie promoted diversity, equality, not to judge a book (people) by it's cover and a plethora of other social issues BUT IN A FUN WAY via dancing). I was enamored with the character Ozone (who went on to teach dance in Asia & California), but equally enamored with a song called "Ain't Nobody". I asked my mom, who was that singing. She said Chaka Khan. Well during the 80's Chaka Khan was re-inventing herself! "Ain't Nobody" was a hit and another song "I Feel For You" was also a big hit. So it was exciting to FINALLY see and hear her in concert! She is now 62 and sings flawlessly (a true artist). I read her book (Chaka Through The Fire), and it is absolutely heartbreaking the abuse she endured by family & men and what she subjected herself to. She's also a diabetic and has undergone many lifestyle changes. Her story is astonishing and she's a woman to be admired.  I'm happy to say I've also seen Lionel Richie and Tina Turner in concert. They were both amazing to see. The last time I was at Beau Rivage (sister casino to The Bellagio in Las Vegas) on the Biloxi Mississippi Gulf Coast was in 2014 (here) for Christmas. I try to go when I can, because I want to support the gulf coast as much as possible. Biloxi was devastated by Hurricane Katrina (2005) and is still trying to rebuild. Before 2005, Biloxi looked like a second Vegas strip! Gorgeous homes and rows upon rows of casinos. That's no longer, but I'm happy to see the larger casinos still there and businesses starting to rebuild again. I had a really good time and took some videos of Beau Rivage. I tried to concentrate on areas I hadn't shown you before. Enjoy. They also had some really pretty Easter decorations, but I'll save them closer to the holiday. I wore my Chanel Rouge Noir Holiday (2015) makeup to the concert. I'll feature the collection on my blog this week. It's also funny to see how popular Converse were in the 80's (video) and to now see them popular again >.<



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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend getaway Kim! It's so cool that you got to Chaka Khan perform. Sounds like she's as awesome a performer as ever. Thanks for taking us along to Beau Rivage. All that amazing looking food in your video has made me so hungry ;p

Lauren Carter said...

I loved seeing all of this on Snapchat! It looked like so much fun! And, you're right, if there's someone you're interested in seeing that's near you, you should definitely go see them!

Jalisa G said...

I LOVE Chaka Khan! How awesome that you were able to finally see her in concert, I know she must have been really amazing! I also love Lionel Richie and Tina Turner. Man, these are some incredible artists and make today's "musicians" seem anything but. I know that there is some talent in the industry now, but nowhere near back in the day. Everything these days is mechanically altered. This was such a refreshing post, thanks so much for sharing. Now, excuse me while I jam out to Ain't Nobody, haha! Have an amazing week ahead, beauty!

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Jackie Harrison said...

Wow Chaka khan rock on her time and if course the king of pop is always miss. Great vacation cool video.

Christine K said...

Weekend getaways are so needed! What makes it even better is when you get to see a concert! Sounds like you had a lovely time.

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Mica T said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time Kim!

I agree with going to see bands when you can! I'm lucky enough to have seen most of the bands I love live at least once, and although I was pregnant and really not feeling up to it, I managed to go to a farewell concert for a band I've loved since I was in uni! We've had some memorable times at their concerts (one notable one being when we had to rush my sister to hospital as a crowd surfer kicked her in the head and nearly knocked her out) Luckily she was okay, and the ER doctor noticed the band tees we'd bought and chatted with us about the little bit of the concert we'd managed to see. It's a great experience to see people performing live.

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Samantha Mariko said...

wow Kim, that is so cool!! can't believe she's already 62..glad you had an amazing time :)
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B Ramida said...

cool!

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Emmylou MW said...

Thanks for sharing that Beau Rivage vid, Kim:) Chaka still rocks! Can't believe she's in her 60's! And your food shots....so drooling....
And OMG! Can't believe I haven't seen Breakin'! I'm a sucker for movies like that:D

PS Can I just say how mighty fine you look in the vid, my dear...love the makeup,hair and outfit:)

jo said...

Beautiful weekend Kim! I like the idea that you included a recap on the video. And you're right about concerts, we should always go cuz you will never know when you will get a chance to see these singers again.

xo Jo

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Cee said...

It sounds like you had a great weekend away, Kim - I loved seeing all of your videos from Chaka's concert on Snapchat. There are very few artists who I am really excited to see in concert but seeing Bruce Springsteen in 2013 was definitely a lifetime highlight for me, such an amazing performer and I'm glad to be able to say I've been him in person.
xox,
Cee

Tania Franco said...

Shaka Khan is definitely an amazing artist, and I know the movie but have yet to watch it entirely. Now I want to find it, and watch it. So good that you support the city that was hit hard by Katrina, it still makes me sad when I think about what happened to everyone affected by it. Loved the video!

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LBG said...

What an amazing weekend! So cool you got to see her in concert

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Courtney Williamson said...

Sounds like an amazing weekend, I love when artists help empower the people who listen to them and it sounds like she is really inspiring to you!
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Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

Ah, I can only imagine how fantastic the atmosphere was at the concert! (or do they say show these days? :D) I love love love her music, though, admittedly, I knew the name and songs separately for a very long time. It was only a couple of years ago when I finally put the two together. :D I also think that 1970s were the best time for music or, at least, one of the top three. x

Nerline Germain said...

Chaka definitely brought the house down, Kim! I love your outfit a lot. What a beautiful place! And all the food! I am glad you had a chance to go. Being able to go to concerts and enjoy life is a beautiful thing. I have only been to two R-Kelly concerts. The last one was THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS with Jay-Z. They are such geniuses in their own ways. Thanks for sharing your weekend getaway with us, Kim!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Chaka Khan must have been a blast to see live! I wish she made it further on Dancing with the Stars. I love seeing older woman improve and show they still got it! The Breakin' clip looks quite entertaining. I love a great cheesy 80s flick. That fashions remind me of my childhood! It breaks my heart that over 10 years later some locations have not been able to completely rebuild after Katrina.

Shireen L. Platt said...

Ohh, I can only imagine how amazing is it to see her performing live! Ain't Nobody is a song that never fails to get me in the groove, it's so upbeat. I have yet to attend any concerts, hubby wanted to purchase Adele's concert tickets for us in July (or was it June...?) but it was sold out within 10 minutes. *sob!*

ps: I couldn't play your video, Kim...getting error message. :-(

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crafty-zone said...

Sounds like it was terrific weekend for you, Kim, going to the concert of your favourite band is always great :) What's more, you did lovely video, that chocolate cake from it makes me hungry :P

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little luxury list said...

I'd love to visit Beau Rivage some day! You are reminding me to get out there and go to more concerts. Madonna was in concert a few weeks ago but we were away. That would have been fun!

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Tanya Lovetere said...

It seems like you had a really good time! I think I've seen that movie Breakin' before!

FASHION TALES said...

I am glad that you didn't skip the concert Kim. I entirely agree with you, never skip a concert, my brother and I had tickets to the MJ show but could not go obviously after his passing. I went to see Stevie Wonder and that was one of the best concerts I've ever seen up close too. Chaka Khan is such a music icon as well. This sounds like it was a splendid getaway. I would love to see Lionel Richie! The video snippet made my day. <3
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Margo @ PrettyPanda said...

I am so glad you had such a fun little trip! I would LOVE to see Chaka Khan, what an experience! That is such a good rule to live by---to try and see who you really want to see in concert---that is what life is all about!

Ashley Sue said...

Sounds like a fun weekend Kim! It's always nice to get away. Even if concert tickets are expensive, I think there's no price on seeing one of your favorite artist preform! There's something special about it.

Pamela RG said...

What a fun weekend. I like Chaka Khan she is so talented and amazing. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Kizzy Von Doll said...

What a brilliant weekend...am glad you had a fun time!! Love her and I'm glad she's still performing, what a talent!! xx

Ellese Launer said...

I had no clue about Chakan's life story! It is amazing to hear everything she went through. I will have to ready more about her and her life journey. Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese

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Jane @ anothermommablog.blogspot.com said...

The performance sounds wonderful, and her story is inspiring!
I've seen a ton of ads for Beau Rivage on our drive down to Pensacola. It sounds like a nice place to stay. I told my husband that we need to stop there sometimes because it's on the way!

Babbling On said...

It all sounds amazing, I would love to go.

Shanel

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Darcy said...

Wow this seems like a seriously amazing trip! I generally think concerts and experiences are worth the money! I do have a limit, but I have never regretted buying a concert ticket.
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Jane said...

oh i loved reading about your take and experience and exposure to Chaka Khan! :) so much love, excitement and respect for the artist!

Diva Desle said...

I want to a concert this year for my birthday. I usually never go to concerts. But I agree with you in that we should have no regrets and live lfe to the fullest even when it comes to seeing your favourite artists. I enjoyed your concert snaps on snapchat. Glad you had a awesome time. Much love. Xxx