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Part One (The Urban Fashion Showcase part) of this post can be found HERE.
After the fashion show came the soulful Sounds of Philadelphia Concert Under The Stars, which was a tribute to Teddy Pendergrass & Gamble & Huff. Needless to say, the music ROCKED!! :D
The concert was headed off by Ray Chew & The Harlem Week All-Star Band who performed "Love Train", "Backstabbers", and "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" (LOVE this song!!!) They Definitely had the crowd jammin'!!
The next performer was Elisabeth Withers, best known for her Tony-nominated portrayal of Shug Avery in Broadway's The Color Purple. She completely engaged with the audience and tore down the house with her new single No Regrets.
She then joined Harold Melvin's Blue Notes to sing a Fantastic version of If You Don't Know Me By Now, in honor of both Harold Melvin and the group's most famous prior member Teddy Pendergrass. According to Wikipedia the current Blue Notes' members are: lead singer, Donnell "Big Daddy" Gillespie, Anthony Brooks, Rufus Thorne, and John Morris and the group is managed by Harold's widow.
The Blue Notes then sang their classics: "Where Are All My Friends", "I Miss You", "The Love I Lost", and "Bad Luck".
John Legend then joined the Blue Notes for a Wonderful rendition of "Wake Up Everybody." He really is a Smooth singer!
Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes version:
John Legend and The Roots version:
After The Blue Notes left the stage, John Legend stayed to perform just one more number, his song "Ordinary People". It really was a treat to see/hear him sing the song live. You could tell that he really got into it.
After John Legend left, The Blue Notes, along with whom I believe is one of Teddy Pendergrass' daughter, accepted a commemorative plaque for Teddy Pendergrass' induction into The National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall Of Fame and Museum.
Afterward there was some difficulty with the sound/band equipment so in order to fill up the time WBLS' Bob Lee asked if anyone wanted to come up and try to sing in front of the crowd. Luckily, both people who accepted the challenge were Really Great singers.
I Really wish I had caught the young woman's name because SHE COULD SING!! After she finished she started to walk away, but Bob Lee called her back and said that she should stick around because he was sure that some of the record producers that were present would want to speak to her. I definitely think she has a record deal in her future! I will be able to say that I got a photo of her before it was too hard to do so. Lol!
People were disappointed when John Legend left after just two songs, but their spirits were Definitely turned around when Harlem-native Keith Sweat came on stage. As a Harlem 80's teen, I grew up listening to Keith, and though I did love some of his songs, I have never been a mega-fan. However, that all changed after seeing him perform that night. He Really has a magnetic personality that draws in an audience!! My Mega-80's (and current day!) Crush is still LL Cool J, but Keith is definitely climbing up there now. Can you believe he is 49?! He definitely does NOT look it!
When he left the upper stage and came down to the lower stage that was right in front of the crowd (and behind where the photographers were, so that is why some of the shots are from behind), the people went Crazy!
It wasnt' just women who enjoyed his performance.
Keith sang his hits: "I Want Her", "Keep It Comin", "Make It Last Forever", "Something Just Ain't Right" and "Nobody". I know MANY babies were created to Keith's songs over the years!
Keith then let different people sing along to his songs on his mike.
One guy kept asking Keith to give the mike to his friend or girlfriend, but when Keith actually did attempt to pass her the mike, she became too embarrassed to sing. How cute.
There was one woman who was excitedly screaming for Keith to give her the mike. When he did, she didn't sing, but rather she profusely told him how much she has loved him over the years. .....
He then jokingly asked her if she loved him more than her guy and she emphatically said yes! Keith then turned around and had a big, somewhat shocked, smile on his face as he asked his band members if they could believe what just happened.
Keith then ended with "Twisted." Man, his was one GREAT concert!! All the events of that day were GREAT!!
HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PICS!! FOR NOW.