Saturday, July 29, 2000

Coors Light Concert Review


Midnight Star can hold its own

By Chris Varias
Enquirer contributor

        Friday night's edition of this year's Coors Light Festival was the new school's turn, with one notable concession to both the old school and the hometown faction of the crowd.

[photo] TERRY DEXTER PERFORMS WITH ERIC BENET FRIDAY NIGHT.
(Brandi Stafford photos)
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        Midnight Star, a band with Cincinnati roots that put together a string of '80s hits stamped with an electro-funk style, held its own at Cinergy Field amid the excellent lineup of contemporary R&B hit-makers, including headliner D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, and Eric Benet.

        The festival continues tonight and Sunday.

        Midnight Star put on one of those sets in which each song is better known than the last.

        The band's Cincinnati connection, brothers Reggie and Vincent Calloway, are no longer in the group, but that didn't keep various members of the band from referencing their “hometown.”

        The set went from dance numbers “Headlines,” “Wet My Whistle,” “Operator” and “Curious” to slow jam “Slow Jam” back to dance numbers “No Parking on the Dance Floor” and “Freak-a-Zoid.”

        Mr. Benet pleased the younger portion of the crowd with his smooth, if not distinguishable, voice and smooth manner. His two best songs were duets pulled from his A Day in the Life album, and he was just about out-sung in both.

[photo] ERYKAH BADU FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE COORS LIGHT FESTIVAL.
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        On “Georgy Porgy,” a singer he introduced as Tiffany sang Faith Evans' part.

        Terry Dexter, the Detroit singer who opened the festival at 8 p.m. with a 15-minute set, did “Spend My Life with You.” Ms. Dexter has a wonderful voice, and it was nice Mr. Benet brought her out to sing to a crowd. However, she was basically singing to empty seats left wet from rain a half-hour earlier.

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