EXPLOSIVE is the one word that comes to mind to describe this show! The folks over at Adam Torres Concerts brought you another banger of a sold out show, the yearly Ladies Night: R&B Super Jam.
This BILL though man! The acts on this show pulled what seemed like all of Brooklyn out to the Barclays Center on Friday, February 15th for a night full of smooth R&B jams, that surely took you back to the good old 90’s.
For what’s normally a ladies night out, turned into more of a couples #mood, which was a perfect gift as this show was situated right at Valentine’s Day.
The weather held up perfectly as fans lined up outside of the venue waiting for doors to open. Walking towards the venue it was a wonderful sight to see such a sea of different colors, ethnicities and creeds coming together for one purpose, to enjoy the one constant that unifies us…music.
Although everyone came with intentions of seeing particular artists, the show opened up with newcomer Kristine Mirelle, who performed her infectious single “Ratatata“. Chaka Demus & Pliers was not too far behind, and really got the party started. We saw many women doing the butterfly, “ticking” and “whining” when they performed “Murder She Wrote“. The platinum R&B trio After 7, were Valentine’s ready, decked out in matching red outfits. Aside from singing their signature hit “Ready or Not“, they surprised us when they decided to cover Childish Gambino’s “Redbone“.
Jon B. was the first male “blue eye’d soul” singer that a lot of 70’s/80’s/90’s babies identified with, and their love for him seemed to never waiver once he took to the stage, as they sang the lyrics to “They Don’t Know” line by line, as if it were a warm, sunny day in 1998. Keeping that same energy going, one of our forever favorites Marsha Ambrosius came out and does what she does best, light the stage on fire. The songstresses ALWAYS delivers on any stage she touches, giving hits from her latest album “NYLA“, as well as seducing you with the classic Floetry cuts, including “Say Yes“.
Someone who wasn’t originally listed as a performer made his way out on stage, sir Avery Wilson. It’s been a few years since we had heard from him, but his soulful voice gave the crowd a quick re-introduction that we’re sure they won’t forget. Continuing on with the young male R&B crooners, Mario immediately took us back to 2004 with his hit “Just A Friend” before showing us his more grown-up side with “Let Me Love You“. A young lady we’re all familiar with, K.Michelle even came and sang the roof off of the building, letting you know that the new age of female singers are coming through hitting hard.
Not to be out done by these younger kats, a few R&B vets had to come through and show face. 90’s group Silk turned it up a few notches, and gave the show it’s bit of an NC-17 edge with their live rendition of “Freak Me Baby“. The members of Jagged Edge reaffirmed to all of the fellas that it’s still OK to meet your woman at the alter in her white dress, and “Let’s Get Married”. The promoters even had one of the innovators of neo-soul on hand, Musiq Soulchild.
Up until this point, all of the acts were great, BUT things got turned up a few notches when the original Queen Bee, Lil’ Kim stepped on the stage! Ever since 1995, there has been a special energy surrounding her stage performance, and the same holds true to this day. We personally think she was on level 1,000 because she was performing for HER block, as we all know Kim is a proud Brooklyn native. Her set was comprised of everything you would expect, high end fashion, those ever slick but oooh so raunchy at times lyrics, and that Lil’ Kim swag. It was a moment of awe to just observe how the audience was sucked into her performance, reciting every word to every song she performed…even the women in the 50 & better age category were giving it up! Kim left it all on the floor and owed the Barclays Center nothing that night, and quite frankly, we thought that she should have been the headliner.
Anyone next would have a tough act to follow, but when it’s another queen, that helped things transition a little easier. Ms. Faith Evans, affectionately referred to as “The First Lady” was ushered out onto stage by no other than her husband, the hit maker Stevie J. Faith, who was looking stunning by the way, took us on a trip down memory lane of 20+ years of hits, performing a few fan favorite album cuts and those bigger singles that received constant radio rotation. She had a mood for all occasions with songs such as “Ain’t No Body“, “You Gets No Love“, “All Night Long“, and that one 90’s female anthem that still get women in their bag ’til this day, “Soon As I Get Home“. She closed her set out with the party anthem that continues to pack dance floors, the up-tempo “Love Like This“, where she invited a few people from the audience on stage with her.
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 with his signature keyboard and that strong falsetto which was enough to make anyone fall in love. For the times that he stepped away from the keyboard, we were treated to a few acoustic renditions of songs. The stand out tracks that we were excited about hearing were “You Should Be Mine“, “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” and “One Last Cry“.
As a quick word of advice, this concert happens around the same time EVERY YEAR, so put it on your calendar for 2020, because as you can see, it’s a constant sell out, and you don’t want to have to hear about it after the fact. For those of you who weren’t able to make it, or just couldn’t score a ticket, scroll through our gallery of photos that our dope photographer Arturo Holmes captured.