I was beyond excited when I discovered 112 and Dru Hill were performing at the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino as part of its summer concert series. Both r&b acts were popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. A big fan of each group, I made room in my schedule post haste. Did I mention the outdoor show was FREE?
I am running late (as usual) and missed the opening act. When I finally gain entry into the courtyard, my friend has a cold, tasty beverage waiting. It is a hot-as-Hades-90-degrees outside.
112 hits the stage ready to give a show. The Atlanta quartet performs like a well-oiled crooning machine, singing hits such as Love You Like I Did, U Already Know, Only You, Anywhere, Player, and chart-toppers It’s Over Now, Cupid and Peaches & Cream. The fellas don’t miss a step with choreography and launch into a medley of Notorious B.I.G. songs that get the crowd hype. 112 closes with the Grammy award-winning tribute I’ll Be Missing You.
Since we are in Baltimore, the people are clearly waiting for hometown boys Dru Hill. The moniker is derived from the name of a city public park. Group members grab the microphones and are airborne with the jumping dance moves of debut single Tell Me. Some of the playlist includes number one hits such as In My Bed, Never Make a Promise, How Deep Is Your Love, and my absolute favorite-ist Dru Hill tune, Beauty. The group’s laidback demeanor is appreciated as they shout out fans watching from the parking garage (yes, the parking garage) and later when concertgoers clamor for Tao and Nokio as they walk through the crowd. Sisqo´ shuts down the courtyard with The Thong Song.
After listening to both bands, you realize how much music they’ve released (I knew all the words). Even my friend who is a hip-hop connoisseur is nodding his head.
Watch a few more concert snippets on lyricfancy’s Youtube channel.