Kelly Rowland and The-Dream electrified Manhattan’s Best Buy Theatre stage last night (May 30) on their joint Light’s Out Tour. Fans of the duo packed into the intimate venue ready to turn up and get down.
The-Dream, draped in all-black everything, kicked things off with his debut song “Shawty Is A 10” and continued to weave through his collection of hits from “Rockin’ That Thang” to “I Luv Your Girl”. The master of storytelling put just as much emphasis on his lyrics and ability to craft the perfect story as he did with his performances.
“I hope you got an ass to grab on, my nigga,” Dream wondered aloud, before covering Jodeci’s classic “Come and Talk to Me” and finishing off with “IV Play” from his new album of the same name. Before premiering another new track entitled ‘Too Early’, The-Dream told a member in the audience, “You better shut the fuck up before I fuck the shit outta you.”
“I love this motherfucking city, it feels like I was born here” the Atlanta hitmaker said to the screaming crowd moments before delivering his most turnt-up performance of the night. As the beat dropped for “Ditch That” The-Dream did his best Diddy bob across the stage, igniting the crowd.
If Mr. Terius Nash was the main course, Kelly Rowland was a tasty desert. As the curtains opened and revealed the “Kisses Down Low” singer in a hazy smoke, it was clear that Kelly was set to bring the heat. Rowland strutted to the front of the stage in a metallic studded black bodysuit and 90’s style ripped denim shorts, teasing the audience with a tantalizing performing of “Ice.”
After running through her catalog of epic collaborations such as “Dilemma,” “Neva End,” and “Representin,” Kelly reminded the audience why she’s becoming a go-to cameo queen. The seductive songstress also made sure to give fans a taste of her new songs “Street Life,” “Gone” and “This Is Love” (which she masterfully infused with Bob Marley’s song of the same name) lifted from her upcoming album Talk A Good Game.
Kelly courageously shared her “Dirty Laundry” and “Bad Habits” with the crowd, delivering two heartfelt performances of both tracks, the latter literally bringing her to her knees. “After you can’t take the bad habit no more, make sure you kick his ass outta there” she quipped. “The victim I am not,” she declared, and from there she was back to being the strong, independent survivor that we know. She thanked her girls, Beyoncé and Michelle, before dancing her way through a medley of Destiny’s Child chart toppers “Jumpin’, Jumpin'” “Survivor,” and “Soldier.”
Audience participation peaked when the R&B diva performed her 2011 smash hit “Motivation.” The entire room was on their feet giving their best slow grind as Kelly slowed things down and heated things up. Ending the night on a high note with “Like This,” it was evident that Ms. Kelly and The-Dream had conquered just what they came out to do: Put on a damn good show. —Terry Carter Jr.
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