A Night of Legends brings music back to the Chaifetz Arena | The living
What better way to bring live music back to the Chaifetz Arena for the first time since February 2020 than with some old school R&B classics and new school tunes?
“A Night of Legends” brought the sounds of Alex Isley, Stokley, Charlie Wilson and The Isley Brothers on stage on Sunday, September 26th.
Alex Isley, daughter of Ernie Isley, opened the show with a few of her hits, including “Good & Plenty” from last year. Her stage presence and incredible vocal abilities have proven that she is a star in her own right, while proudly carrying on the tradition of her famous family.
Mint Condition singer and solo artist Stokley kept the crowd going from start to finish with his set, which included hits from his band and albums.
The upbeat and fun “Vibrant” from her latest album “Sankofa” opened her performance. Then he moved on to Mint’s “U Send Me Swingin”, where he showed off his best dance moves.
If you didn’t know before that Stokley is a phenomenal dancer, you know it now. Her vocal talent matches her smooth and spectacular stopping movements perfectly.
Other songs included “She”, “Breakin My Heart, (Pretty Brown Eyes)” and “Levels”.
Charlie Wilson aka “Uncle Charlie”, a nickname all fans and music lovers know thanks to Snoop Dogg who honored him, took to the stage in a blue sequin jacket and his dancers followed wearing matching jackets in various shades. . He started his performance, which he calls a party rather than a concert, with “Party Train” from his iconic band The Gap Band.
Surprisingly, once on stage, some people were still in their place.
“You know what confuses me, I’m Charlie Wilson and people are sitting there that don’t match me,” Wilson said.
The crowd went crazy when he made this statement and from there the energy in the room completely changed. He started walking side to side to see who was the most hyped. Once he did that there was a major shift in the audience and everyone became more engaged.
He has given St. Louis a lot of love and appreciation, sharing that it is one of his favorites in the world.
“What do you all think of Uncle Charlie?” Because I love you St. Louis, and you’re about to make me cry here tonight, ”he said.
He continued the nostalgic feelings and emotions that everyone gets when listening to The Gap Band with “Yearning for Love”, “Burn Rubber”, “Outstanding” and “You Dropped a Bomb On Me”.
Women love Uncle Charlie. He is charming, full of life, knows how to have fun and gives the younger generation a hard time when it comes to live performances.
He joked and told the guys that if they didn’t get up and acknowledge that they brought the best woman into the room, he would put the spotlight on them and call her on the microphone.
“Look at that girl you brought with you because I want you to tell her your name,” he said.
“She forgot your fucking name here because she’s looking at Charlie Wilson.” Don’t get angry and start to sit down.
He has performed several of his solo singles that we all know and love, including “Charlie Last Name Wilson”, “You Are”, “There Goes My Baby” and “I’m Blessed”.
At 68, healthy and happy, he shared his story of overcoming addiction and that God saved him.
“I was an alcoholic and addicted to crack, but I have been sober and sober for 27 years because I found someone who came to get me and put me on solid ground,” he said. he declares.
He concluded his performance with Kanye West’s “Bound 2” which he featured on his 2013 album “Yeezus”.
The legendary Isley Brothers, starring the two remaining biological siblings Ernie and Ron, have taken audiences back in time with their astonishing catalog of hits spanning over six decades.
Hit after hit including “Summer Breeze”, “For the Love of You”, “Choosey Lover” and more, they kept the crowd entertained with their beloved beloved music.
For “Footsteps in the Dark”, they included the sample song from Ice Cube with “Today Was A Good Day”.
Sister-singing duo Kim Johnson and Ron’s wife Kandy Isley held up the background vocals beautifully on each track.
Ernie showed why he is recognized as one of the greatest guitarists of all time by hitting the strings of his instrument so easily.
Kandy joined Ron for a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin and vocal powerhouse Whitney Houston.
“I said for every show now (I’m going to) do something for my best friend Aretha Franklin,” Ron said. “I want to dedicate this song to her sitting in heaven, her and Whitney Houston.”
They rounded off the show with their first big hit, “Shout,” which came out in 1959.
“Make me want to scream; if you don’t know anything about it, just ask your grandma.