Hot 105’s 30th anniversary R&B Groove a hit!
Story by Arriale
Excited fans arrived at the Bank United Center in droves on Oct. 17, 2015 for an amazing evening of live musical performances from some of R&B’s best – Anthony Hamilton, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Ginuwine, 112, and Dru Hill. Legendary radio host, Tom Joyner served as the MC for a night full of grooves to celebrate HOT105’s 30th anniversary R&B Groove.
South Florida’s Urban Mystic opened the concert with his charming baritone voice followed by the handsome quartet 112 who performed many of their late 90’s/early 2000’s hits. Whether you were sitting on the floor or in the nose-bleeds, die-hard fanatics of these soulful singing men made their presence known by singing aloud word for word to every song by every performer.
Sisqo with the group Dru Hill, proved that he still has the moves that proves by entering the stage with explosive energy and a flip. The Baltimore founded group sang many of their popular ballads that made their fans melt in their seats.
Elgin Lumpkin better known as Ginuwine, confirmed to his fans that he just keeps getting better with time. At 45-years-old, he had the crowd dancing, making many women reminisce to the 90’s, which made them slowly wind with the music. At one point, he threw his sweat towel into the audience causing some friction as fans fought for possession.
It is without a doubt that Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is still the ‘King of Cool’. Adorned in a clean tailored-fit suit didn’t stop him from tearing up the stage with some spirited dance moves and sensual singing. April Jenkins, a Miami native and self-proclaimed Babyface’s #1 fan, stood in awe as her lifelong heartthrob belted many of his popular tunes and a medley of songs he wrote for other famous artists. He did not disappoint!
To end the evening on a high note, soulful artist Anthony Hamilton performed a couple of newer songs as well as many fan favorites. Sporting a big yet sharp hat, white dress shirt vest and boots, Hamilton’s style is definitely “old school” yet uniquely his own.
Due to a great turnout and line up, R&B enthusiasts can look forward to the concert happening again next year. The entire team at HOT105 hosted a seemingly flawless show and can rest assured that many concertgoers will still habitually tune into 105.1 FM on their way to work and home in the evenings.