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Fresh Music Festival delivers R&B hits

Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 08:08 PM

Old-school R&B fans had plenty to be thankful for Saturday night at the Fresh Music Festival.

Artists K-Ci and JoJo, SWV, Guy and Keith Sweat kept the crowd entertained and on its feet for most of the three-hour show at the USF Sun Dome.

K-Ci and Jo Jo, SWV and Guy proved you don't need intricate choreography, an elaborate stage production or all the bells and whistles when you have a repertoire of hits and the pipes to back them up.

Concert-goers were treated to an evening of high-energy performances, with live singing and live instrumentation, despite the fact the acoustics weren't up to par.

K-Ci and Jo Jo, SWV and Guy each delivered 30-minute sets, accompanied by a house band and projected on three enormous screens.

K-Ci and Jo Jo, brothers formerly of Jodeci, delivered the emotion on hits such as "If You Think You're Lonely now" and "All my Life," while SWV ("sisters with voices") showcased their vocal prowess on tunes such as "Weak at the Knees" and Patti LaBelle's "If Only You Knew."

Guy put on a powerhouse performance, with the band members making the ladies squeal by peeling off their shirts to reveal ripped abs and gyrating to hits such as "I Like" and "Piece of my Love."

The ladies knew they were in for a treat when stage hands brought out a mini-bar, faux fireplace and sofa on stage for the evening's headliner, Keith Sweat.

A fit and sharply dressed Sweat launched into never-ending hits such as "Don't Stop the Love," "How Deep is Your Love," "Merry Go Round," "Nobody" and "Twisted."

At one point, Sweat brought a group of women on stage and serenaded one of them with "I Can Make You Sweat" and "Freak Me." Things certainly did get sweaty after that.

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