R&B crooner Joe performed at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, New York, as part of SummerStage, in conjunction with 107.5 WBLS, to the delight of many women and couples in the audience despite the less than perfect weather last night. The singer, who released his debut album way back in 1993, performed all of his hits, clad in a white derby, white slacks and blazer, with a black shirt and black shoes.
After opening act Shaliek, the native of the Bronx, New York, performed as the opening act, Joe took the stage and got a huge reaction when he opened with “Stutter.” He then went through his catalog with “Don’t Wanna Be a Player,” “I Wanna Rock with You,” ”More and More,” “Love Scene,” and “All the Things (Your Man Won’t Do).” As is usually the case with a Joe show, he came off the stage and performed in the crowd as well. The screams of the women when that happened could be heard in homes nearby, I am certain!
He also performed a cover of the classic Frankie Beverly and Maze hit “Before I Let Go,” which had the Harlem crowd two-stepping. In addition, he also showcased songs of his new album, “Bridges,” which was released in June. Finally, Joe sent everyone home for the night when he closed out his set with the hit “I Wanna Know” from his most successful album, 2000’s “My Name Is Joe.”
SummerStage has events taking place nearly every day until next Saturday at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem and on Sunday evening, they bring another R&B veteran, Musiq Soulchild, to Central Park. All of these shows are free and open to the public. For more information visit SummerStage.org.