Man oh man, who was REALLY expecting close to a foot of snow in the tri-state area on February 9, 2017? I know most people weren’t because that type of weather usually shuts the city down, BUT that totally wasn’t the case for the eager R&B lovers in Brooklyn!
A few days ahead of Valentine’s Day, Adam Torres concerts set out to put together a night of love in the form of the Ladies Night R&B Super Jam concert at the Barclays Center. From watching various postings on social media, people who had tickets for this show were REALLY concerned about the state of it happening, unsure if it would be cancelled or postponed. Even I can say that I was leaning on the strength of it being shut down, but as the old saying goes, the show must go on.
It was totally girls night out, as legions of dedicated women were lined up outside of the Barclays Center waiting for doors to open. Once inside, they swiftly made their way to their seats to either the bar or their seats to help get them warmed up, but things hadn’t quite started getting warmed up yet.
The show consisted of an entirely male bill, which is a pretty big deal for R&B music since it shows the pull that men in the genre had back in the 90’s and early 00’s. Some of the best to do it took the stage, as fans got to witness Big Daddy Kane, and a name we hadn’t heard in a long while, Mario Winans. It was also time to get a little “freaky” as the group Silk made the temperatures hot enough to melt all of the snow surrounding the area. Eric Benet, Jagged Edge and Dru Hill all dipped into their back catalog of hits to take each individual person on a trip down memory lane.
Granted one of the tentative headliners, The O.G. Mr. Keith Sweat wasn’t in attendance, that does not mean that the promoters left us hanging, they actually more than made up for it. They not only gave us one, but two surprise performances of the night, when the soulful crooners of Bad Boy Records, 112 the stage. It felt like 2001 all over again as they commanded the stage with the dance moves that we all remember, and the strong voices that made many platinum records. About halfway thought their set, none other than Tyrese walks out on stage donning that infamous Coca-Cola smile, and the crowd went nuts.
Any concert going person would think that was the end of the show, NOPE, there was still more as the headliner Brian McKnight took his spot on the stage, who came in tow with his guitar and that strong falsetto which was enough to make anyone fall in love.
For those of you who weren’t able to make it, or just didn’t feel like braving the elements that night, peep some of the pictures that we snapped at the show.