EVENT REVIEW: Kelly Rowland and The-Dream Bring The Lights Out Tour To Philly!

Kelly Rowland and The-Dream brought their Lights Out Tour to Philly last night (May 31st). Fans flooded in to the sold out show at the Theater of Living Arts between 8PM and 9PM. The line-up was perfect to say the least.
First to hit the stage was the new Def Jam breakout artist, August Alsina. The R&B crooner performed a few songs off his latest mixtape, The Product 2. He also did a mash-up/cover to "Bandz A Make Her Dance" by Juicy J. He actually sounded great live. He ended his set with his smash hit single, "I Luv This" that features Trinidad James.
About 10 minutes later, the screen lifted up, lights went on, and the crowd started going crazy! I wasn't sure who was supposed to hit the stage next, but after a few notes of the first song, I realized it was The-Dream. He made his entrance to the stage to "Holy Love," off his new album IV Play (note: that album is AMAZING. Go get it now!). He was wearing a custom tour jacket, which I thought was pretty cool. Watching The-Dream perform you realize two things. One is that fact that he has ENDLESS hits. He could perform for hours and hours. Two, is the fact that The-Dream and his band have so much fun on stage. It's really fun to watch, even if you're not a fan of his music...yet (because you will be by the end of the night). 


After "Holy Love", Dream set the bounce with "Dope Bitch". After he set the groove, it was smooth sailing from there. Next he performed "Shawty a 10" and went into a reggae rendition of the track towards the end, mashing in Mad Cobra's "Flex". He then went into older hits like "Fast Car," and "Nikki". After "Nikki", he performed a cover of "Come And Talk To Me" by Jodeci. He then went into a the title track off his new album, "IV Play" and performed one of his older singles "Falsetto." He told the crowd that BET told him his videos are too sexy for them to play: "It's only a little soft porn." He performed "My Love," "I Luv Your Girl," and "Too Early in the Morning" off IV Play. He then went into one of my all time favorite songs, "Fancy." That song is so amazing. You then heard the beat of "Right Side of My Brain" (I was actually surprised that he performed that song). 
After that, he went into the upbeat "Ditch That" and everyone in the place was having a blast! He left, then came back to close his set with "Rockin' That Thang". You have to see The-Dream live to fully understand his musical greatness.
After another intermission, the screen lifted and the crowd started cheering "Kelly! Kelly!" as the stage lights came on. Kelly Rowland's stage presence is one of kind. She had this "sexy swag" type of thing going on that I loved. Kelly came out in a snapback, leather overalls, and some combat boots. She opened up her set with "ICE."  I honestly had no idea what to expect from her set but she was incredible. She had the crowd on their feet, singing their hearts out, crying; what ever emotion was being betrayed on stage, the crowd felt. She went through a catalog of hits like "Neva End," "Representin," "Lay It On Me," and some older fan favorites like "Dilemma," and "Bad Habit". She then performed what is probably one of her most emotionally-charged singles, "Dirty Laundry." The song details her rocky relationship with Beyonce and surviving an abusive relationship. She told the crowd before she started singing, "Don't get it twisted, I love my sisters and they ain't going no where." The crowd cheered as she went on to sing the song. 
She then told us she'd be performing a few new songs off her upcoming LP including the title track, "Talk A Good Game," "Street Life," "Gone" and "This Is Love." She brought out The-Dream one more time to perform their duet "Where Have You Been," off his latest album IV Play. Before he left, he told Kelly Rowland to "Turn up hoe!" Everyone started laughing. 

Miss Kelly then went into a medley of Destiny Child hits that had the crowd rocking. She performed "Survivor," "Jumpin', Jumpin," "Soldier," "Cater 2 U," which prompted a great segueway into her more sexually-charged singles like "Kisses Down Low," and "Motivation." She closed out her set with the bouncy hit "Like This," and gracefully left the stage like only Kelly Rowland could. More photos from her set below!



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