Volume 47, Number 12 - February 16, 2010

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Rebeka Silva
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ALL FOR HAITI: On Thursday, Jan. 4, Ne-Yo smoothly sang his heart out for the crowd, and Haiti. All the proceeds from this event were donated to a Haiti relief fund. Above, Ne-Yo finishes his performance by throwing a sweat-filled white rag into the crowd as a souvenir for his adoring lady-fans.

Ne-Yo puts on a show for Haiti

By Rebeka Silva

I began to appreciate the six blocks I walked down Biscayne Boulevard toward the James L. Knight Center after seeing both parking lots overflowing with cars in front of the concert hall. There was no available parking.

Ne-Yo was out of sight and the 4,686 seats that make up the concert hall were  empty; every single person is on their feet singing and clapping along to the lyrics of Go On Girl.

Ne-Yo holds the power of female-attracting lyrics accompanied by his soulful voice. With this power, he filled the hall with a 3-1-woman ratio; I could count the number of men awkwardly singing along on my fingers.

Ne-Yo sang song after song sensually and without fault. His slightest movements synchronized to his band playing behind him; Ne-Yo is the most swagger-filled man I have ever seen.

Seeing Ne-Yo in concert three years ago, I had something to compare this performance to. He is one artist that is not allowing his growing fame to get in the way of a good show.

Along with an impeccable act came an ideal cause. All the proceeds raised by the event went to a Haiti relief fund.

Guests who “donated” more than $200 for a ticket were allowed meet and greet time with Ne-Yo after the concert.

Sweet as Ne-Yo is, he finished the event by getting everyone in the audience to sing happy birthday to a member of his band. He then threw a white rag, which he had just used to clean his sweat-filled head with, into the crowd. Naturally, the women chicly fought for it.

Walking out of the theatre, the only issue I had with Ne-Yo’s performance was its duration. Lasting approximately an hour, Ne-Yo kept it brief.

Sometimes, the shorter, the sweeter; in this case, it was very, very sweet.

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