Do-over. Re-take. Make up. Mulligan. Call it what you want, Angie Stone came back to Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in a special two-night engagement as reciprocation for her canceled performance in late February. Stone, whose previous engagement at the venue was cut short due to illness, was back in MD to ‘give the people what they wanted’.
She seamlessly moved through her repertoire of R&B classics, at first paying homage to her beginnings as an original member of the all-female rap group Sequence by ‘spitting a few bars’, then flowing effortlessly into ‘Brown Sugar’, her collaboration with the great DeAngelo. Her rendition of ‘Inseparable’ by Natalie Cole, accompanied by one of Cole’s backup singers, was unforgettable and was followed up by soulful versions of ‘I Got Love on My Mind’ and ‘Two Bad Habits’.
The highlight of the evening was her ode to Black Men, ‘Brotha’, during which she had all of the men in attendance stand and dance along as she sang tribute to them. The uplifting anthem, interspersed with her own personal testimony, made the evenings performance all the more authentic and no doubt struck a chord with the audience. Of course, no Stone performance of recent memory would be complete without her definitive hit ‘No More Rain’, which she beautifully performed to the delight of the patrons in attendance before closing out the night with a stellar execution of ‘I Wish I didn’t miss you anymore’. In the words of the great Don Cornelius, it was a ‘Stone gas.’
Photography and Article By Rodney Black