Billed as "An Intimate Evening with Al B. Sure!" the silky smooth R&B singer repeatedly said, "This isn't a show," emphasizing that the Vegas based but Mount Vernon native was making a homecoming, and was among not only adoring fans but friends and family as well.
With only two pieces, tracks, and several backup singers behind him he performed an hour or so set where- for better and worse- there was a lot of reminiscing and chatting from the ultra relaxed Mr. Sure. There were lovely moments when he hugged and kissed his singer son and even shed a tear or two. There were lesser moments when rap legend Eric B. came to the stage to do little more than plug his upcoming gig and say hi to the crowd- that time would have been far better spent with a song.
Speaking of Al's son, he looked like a big kid with a back pack, sneakers, and baggy pants which Al at one point comically yanked up. Possessing a beautiful voice, he'd nonetheless be well-advised not to yawn and look at his phone mid-performance. A loose, laid back vibe is fine, but learn from your elders which lines shouldn't be crossed.
A highlight of the show was the appearance of Slick Rick who did one number with Al. Resplendent in 37 or so gold chains he was WWE level charismatic and colorful.
As for Al himself he was in great voice, owns the stage and when he went into the middle of the near frenized crowd for his final two numbers and ended with Night and Day it was for all intensive purposes 1988 once again.
All in all a little more music and a little less talk would have made the evening even more special, but it was a fun, memorable show and he's a world class performer. I'm looking forward to seeing Al B. Sure! and his colorful entourage many more times.
Evan Ginzburg is the Associate Producer of The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke and the upcoming documentary 350 Days starring Brett Hart and SuperStar Billy Graham. He is the host of "The Evan Ginzburg Show", an Arts program, on Village Connection Radio heard Sundays,11AM-1PM at www.villageconnectionradio.com