The vocals of K-Ci, of R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, filled the Greek Theatre Saturday night. (Marvin Vasquez/Living Out Loud LA)
HOT 92.3 presents HOT Summer Nights “90’s Night Out” featuring Blackstreet with Teddy Riley, Jagged Edge, K-Ci and JoJo, After 7, Shai and Next at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles both surprised and entertained Saturday night.
R&B/soul quartet, Shai appeared first on stage dressed in khaki pants and white tops. They looked good, but sounded even better. “If I Ever Fall in Love” was a crowd favorite, but “Comforter,” “Baby I’m Yours” and “I Don’t Wanna Be Alone” were not far behind. In fact, those present at the time (around 7 p.m.) felt serenaded by the foursome.
One lady exclaimed, “Oh damn. This is it right here.”
But Shai’s set, and that of Next, was a short one. This disappointed many, including me.
The trio comprising Next took the stage in blue jeans and red sport coats. It was a classy look for a classy group. “I Still Love You” got the hearts of ladies pumping, but the upbeat “Too Close” managed to get the crowd dancing and singing at the same time.
It was a surprise that everyone remembered the lyrics so well. “The way that you shake it on me. Makes me want you so bad sexually,” the audience sang in unison at one point of the song.
Next’s “Wifey” was definitely one of the highlights of the show. On top of the group’s solid choreography, Next boasted phenomenal vocals. They were the best act of the evening, though they only performed for about 20 minutes.
After 7 followed, and they impressed the heck out of me. First of all, After 7 looked beyond stylish, in their metallic silver fitted suits. I mean, never ever had I seen something like that before. The trio simply captivated the sold-out venue with “Ready or Not,” “Can’t Stop,” “Baby I’m For Real” and “‘Til You Do Me Right.”
The show had no breaks, as K-Ci and JoJo came onto the stage within five minutes after After 7’s set ended. “Just like a birdie,” the brothers lit up the Greek with their infectious lyrics, R&B and soul tunes. K-Ci’s vocals remain stellar and prominent, but it appeared JoJo’s were nonexistent and/or gone. JoJo just didn’t deliver as expected.
Nevertheless, “Life” and “All My Life” pleased the people. Although the duo didn’t perform “Tell Me It’s Real” and “Crazy,” it was satisfying enough to have seen them in Los Angeles and on stage.
The quartet Jagged Edge, featuring all original members, delivered what could be considered an epic set. Jagged Edge began their 40-minute musical display with a soothing, slow paced “Let’s Get Married.” That perhaps lasted no more than 60 seconds as the group quickly changed gears to their fast-paced and contagious remix of the track, featuring Reverend Run.
Throughout their set, they sang and danced and sang some more, but it wasn’t until “Promise” that people got truly excited and nostalgic. Their encore was “Where the Party At,” which originally featured Nelly.
Blackstreet headlined the show, playing last for the night. They were left with about 60 minutes of playing time, but unfortunately their most popular track, “No Diggity,” came near the end when many people had already gone home.
Overall, 90’s Night Out impressed and entertained, but it could have been better, especially since the venue was absolutely perfect for the occasion.