Charlie Wilson, Kem & Joe at Royal Farms Arena

This sold out show, held at the Royal Farms Arena in the center of Baltimore, MD, was beyond words.  Because it was Valentine’s weekend, all performers added a special touch to the evening and DC Nitelife was front and center.

Joe, who is a great R&B singer within his own right, put a special message in his singing and set the mood for the rest of the evening. The audience enjoyed a mixture of Joe’s hits such as; I’m in Luv and All That I Am.  The crowd was good and ready for that good old-school meets new-school R&B that Joe has built his career on.  Joe’s famous quote is “I feel like if you have a queen, you should treat her like a queen. I feel she doesn’t deserve anything less than that. If you make a promise for forever, you should keep it and hold up to it.”

Kem was ready to give everyone what they came for. In 2013, KEM released What Christmas Means: Deluxe Edition, an album of spiritual songs featuring R&B legend Patti LaBelle on Jesus and Ledisi on Be Mine For Christmas. Previously, KEM released 3 gold-certified albums in the 2000s through Motown Records, a label that perfectly suits the classic, throwback sound found on his successful singles.Â  His 2010 album Intimacy: Album III peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, earning him 2 Grammy nominations, including Best R&B Song for Why Would You Stay. The smooth soul singer raised in Detroit sang all his R&B hits such as “Love Calls, “Why Would You Stay,” and his new release “Promise to Love,” which is his fourth studio album on the legendary Motown label. Kem is noted for saying, “I sit at the piano or the keyboard and wait for the miracle to happen. The songs kind of write themselves. I’m just the vessel that they are delivered through.”

Charlie Wilson, first name Charlie, last name Wilson also known as Uncle Charlie.  What more is there to say about this phenomenal artist, performer, singer-songwriter-producer and the former lead vocalist for the Gap Band.   As a solo artist, he has been nominated for nine Grammy awards.  This concert and tour may be the best of his entire career.  His energetic, party-like concert combines the smooth R&B style he’s largely adopted over the last decade with the funk style that first made him and his brothers famous in The Gap Band.  Charlie’s show was full of special effects and costumes which made this the show of the decade and left the crowd on their feet for the entire time.

Special thanks and appreciation to Meaghan Young and Jamie Curtis of Royal Farms Arena.

This show and tour is a must see for everyone!


By J.V. Jones

Photographs by Darryle Carter