DeeWorks Live! was in the building to cover this event for EliteRadio 97.5FM and WDWL.FM Live! Radio along with the support of Mr. Phil Shootworks Jackson company videographer Jimmy Jam Jam. We had the opportunity to interview the performers as they left the stage which included interviews with Hunter Hayes, The Silver Stars, and of course The Blue Notes. Somehow we missed CP. Lacey who was probably in a rush to get out of the stage makeup he used in his hilariously funny impersonation of Michael Jackson and of course the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.
This was a BYOBB event with free food which was not too shabby. The menu consisted of Fried Chicken, Meatballs, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Green Beans, and Yellow Rice. Not a bad event for the price of the tickets. The turn out was great and the event was very well organized.
Mayoral Candidate Mr. Ras Baraka was in the building and seemed to enjoy the music.
Performer Hunter Hayes was definitely a one man show with a big group sound. A 7 time emmy award winner, his passion and performance on stage certainly makes him a class act worth seeing whenever you hear that he is performing. A Montclair born and raised native, Hunter Hayes can certainly have you singing along and even getting up out of your seat as he sang covers to such greats as Al Green, Marvin Gaye and other R&B legends.
The Silver Stars were quite impressive as they harmonized with a melodic sound that left the audience speechless. I am still amazed at some of the high notes that they were able to hit and hold. Another group well worth the ticket price, their singing, dancing, and outfits certainly showed why they have been able to maintain such a high performance standard after 30 years of singing together.
Harold Melvin's Blue Notes were the featured performers of the night, and boy did they perform. These gentleman out of Philadelphia certainly came to town and left their mark on the city of Newark. Taking us back on a musical journey singing songs that reminded us of just how great a musical history this group has and the impact that they have had on the history of music. The Blue Notes certainly live up to the legacy of the late greats Harold Melvin and Teddy Pendergrast.
Kudos to Mr. Late Night Love and Mr. Big Al Benton for putting on an event that started on time and ended in a timely manner and which certainly made the city of Newark proud. The host for the evening was Comedian Willie Asbury who was as sharp as a tack and of course he brought along "President Obama" to commentate.
We look forward to future great events from these producers as they prepare to bring other great acts to the city in the coming months which they have indicated may include The Stylistics and Ray Goodman and Brown artists. When you see the event flyer don't wait, rush out to purchase your tickets because the next event is sure to sell out quickly.
Check out our LiveStream Channel for Video Footage from the event.