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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