With excitement already building after the Washington Wizards win against the Chicago Bulls, it was time for an adrenaline rush that can only be given by legends. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting since January, when the schedule of the Washington Wizards Friday night concert series was first announced. I knew to expect a high energy performance from Bell Biv Devoe at the Verizon center, and that is exactly what we all got.
There is no comparison to good legendary music. Even if you weren’t one to keep up with what was hot on the airwaves, you could not escape the music of Bell Biv Devoe. I think it is fair to say that every single person in the audience knew every single word to every single song performed on Friday night. There was an undoubted respect for these three men Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie Devoe, as they enchanted the crowd with their known charm, swag and dance moves. It was a joy to see people of all walks of life and age ranges come together for some good entertaining music, put everything else aside and just jam out.
To get things started, there were three opening acts who had the chance to leave there all on the stage, as the opportunity itself was pretty major. One by one they came out and did there thing. In order from first to last was: “Styme”, “IAmNiko”, and group “Main Girl”. It seemed only right for each of them to get their shine just as Bell Biv Devoe once was given an opportunity to showcase to the masses. To top things off, DJ Money was holding them down and hyping the crowd in between these acts. Knowing just what to play, you could tell he knew this demographic and was a fan of the same music and vibe he was so nicely creating. Both hosts Gia Peppers and Rodney Rikai were doing an awesome job as usual and definitely relate very well to all crowds.
Because of groups like Bell Biv Devoe, real R&B will never fade. Bell Biv Devoe represents a time where exploration of self expression was monumental. They brought out the edge in a lot of their fans who followed them from their New Edition days. They set a tone that made you look twice, listen longer and expand your limitations movement wise. They made balancing a two-step, with an all the way bent over rock, with your hands in the air, no longer a choice but a must. No one could resist then and they still can’t now. It’s just something in the music, in the delivery, in the history, in their energy, and in the groove lyrically that moves your body for you!
Now with the anticipation of BBD being next, we were introduced to their official DJ who goes by the name of DJ Shakim. He came out, played some of DC’s signature Gogo music first and then he amazed us with his high level turntable skills with tricks and all. We could have watched him for another few minutes, especially after he “turntabled” out of his shirt… but then he announced that it was time for BBD to hit the stage and the crowd went wild.
The thrill was real because BBD came to the Verizon center to party. Performing hits that will still be favorites for a lifetime: “Poison”, “Do Me”, “Run”, and more. They even did some of New Edition’s top hits such as: “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man” where a young boy joined them and quickly reminded them of Bobby Brown as he danced and began to get wayyy into it. He did a good job and even looked like a young Bobby. However, there was one song in particular that was a stand out and adorable performance on Friday. “Candy Girl” was performed along with two young boys from the audience named Andre and Mario (Mah-Ri-O). Not only could they carry a note, they knew every lyric. Then, after a little more greatness, it was time for all the “Poison” fans who have and still make that song a lifetime classic, to get their LIFE. I don’t think they realized how much of it they were going to get because BBD ended up inviting a good number of audience members down to the floor to get their dance on.
I can’t wait for them to come back and overdose us on their past and present music because it is all straight dopeness! They have a new album out right now entitled “Three Stripes” and I suggest everyone go and get it because it is “The Bomb” from beginning to end. My favorite tracks are “Run” the current single that’s being pushed right now, “All That There”, “Finally” feat. SWV and “Incredible”, which is the last track on the new album. It will definitely be one of my summer go to albums while I cruise to all my destinations. Make sure you keep up with BBD and all that they are doing and if you haven’t already make sure you find a way to watch their 3 day, 3 part, absolutely amazingly depicted Biopic/Docuseries that originally aired on BET Network entitled: “The New Edition Story”.
Story By: @MarquitaCheron
About The Author: Marquita Cheron is a Jazzy-Soul/R&B Singer/Songwriter, Correspondent, Writer and overall Music Enthusiast; who has a love for every positive angle of the Music & Entertainment industry. Simply on a quest to reveal the greatness of amazing artists and their music to the masses, while also being a contributor of it herself.