This past weekend, the Forever R&B concert took place at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables. I looked forward to this event from the moment I heard it was going to take place from the event coordinator. Being a fan of all the artists performing made me eager to them live, it also left me wondering if the artists sound anything like they do on radio.
The show started promptly at 8pm, which was a shock in itself. Hosted by Larry Dogg (who was also the opening act) and a radio personality (unfortunately, I forgot her name). Larry Dogg was funny and very entertaining, but I couldn’t wait to see the artists.
Shirley Murdock performed first, and she sounded just as vibrant and crisp as she does on record. There were mistakes made by the sound crew, getting the right background music to play and the mic not working, but she remained professional and even tried to make light of the situation.
Dru Hill performed next and sounded really good, “dem boys can sang!“, lol. Jazz took a while before joining the rest of the group on stage, which prompted someone sitting behind me to joke that the group couldn’t wait until he was done using the bathroom. Sound crew messed up a few times again with the background music being louder than the microphones and Nokio made his frustration known. He walked off stage to the side numerous times and even Sisqo announced that they should sing a cappella. I didn’t mind that at all, because hearing them sing so nicely definitely made my husband and I remember our beginning. It’s been more than a decade, but Dru Hill is still in heavy rotation in my house and cars. I crossed my fingers hoping Sisqo would sing the thong song, as well as other audience members…but he joked that it’s a Dru Hill performance, not Sisqo. I was so ready to do my little booty dance, lol.
Lastly, Kelly Price. She was amazing! (Notice I didn’t mention Carl Thomas? He was a no show!) She sang friend of mine, a few others and my new favorite, “Tired”. Damn it, I felt goose bumps. I even liked when she had her back ground singers sing about what situations they’re tired of. She closed the show singing Shirley Murdock’s “As we lay”, adding a new ending. Shirley Murdock then joined her on stage. The new ending was appreciated because as a wife, although I like the song, it makes me want to beat up someone, lol.
All in all, even though there was a few hiccups with the sound, it was still a very nice show, with great performers. I give it 4/5 stars.