Bell Biv Devoe bring SWV and En Vogue to Brooklyn with satisfaction

  /  06.04.2017

Half of New Edition hit Brooklyn’s King’s Theater last night. Bell Biv DeVoe continue to be the most active in waving the flag for their legendary group. Mike Bivins, Ron DeVoe and Ricky Bell dropped a new LP, Three Stripes, at the top of this year and, this Spring, have embarked on a namesake tour. While SWV have locked in as their openers, acts such as Guy and Dru Hill have been tapped as interchanging supporters.

Last night, En Vogue held that spot. Only Cindy Heron and Terry Ellis are left from the original group of four “Funky Divas,” with singer Rhonna Bennett as the last member of the now trio. (Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones have left the quartet.)

Although some annoying mic problems would act as minor speed bumps for all three of the concerts acts, En Vogue came off as the polished veterans they are, sounding as good as they did in the 90s when they took off.

The beauty in these legends-only shows is that you know from the door you’re going to get mostly classics and everyone delivered.

“Never Gonna Get It” kicked off En Vogue’s set and went into “Free Your Mind” and the power ballad “What’s it Gonna Be.” All three were heralded by the sold-out crowd. After a remix to a brand new song called “Deja Vu,” En Vogue, who were setting the bar for bad chicks in the 90s, went into a bag of covers of timeless songs: Chaka Khan’s “Tell Me Something Good” then LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade.”

They told their fans they just wanted to songs that inspired them. They then went into an official cover, one of their biggest records ever, “Giving Him Something He Can Feel.” That record was composed by Curtis Mayfield and originally sung by Aretha Franklin.

Terry Ellis earthquaked the venue, singing the opening of The Jackson Five’s “Who’s Loving You” a cappella. Of course, this harkened back to their very first video, “Hold On,” where the group sang the same song in the beginning. “Hold On” hit the King’s Theater after for an applauded ending.

The Sisters With Voices started the whole night. Throwback club staples “Right Here” and “You’re the One.” “Rain” came shortly after. All the ladies in the crowd sang along.

LeeLee started reminiscing on old times and said Taj used to have had the biggest boobs in the group. “I still do,” Taj responded.

After “Weak” where every woman in the audience tried their best to outsing the always on point Coco, Taj had more mic time. She rapped all of Wu-Tang’s parts for the “Anything” remix.

The headliners, BBD, injected that “Poison” in the spectator’s collective bloodstream early on but also showing new flavor: “Hot Damn” first from their new project, then “Do Me” from their trailblazing LP, “Thought It Was Me” from Poison, “Run” from Three Stripes. BBD took it all the back to the 80s and the NE origins with a medley that included “Popcorn Love,” “Candy Girl” and an audience member singing the first verse of “Mr. Telephone Man” on the stage.

At the close of the night, DeVoe led a cavalcade of fans on the stage to dance with his crew. During “Poison” the music broke down before Bivins’ famous “clocking the hoes” verse. They wanted to see who could dance and who couldn’t. Children, adults, males, females all came up. In the end, people in their seats were dancing just as hard as those showing out on the stage. Smiles all around as BBD closed with their genre-blurring blockbuster.

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