En Vogue Anniversary Concert: Group Celebrates 20 Years Of Hit Making At Club Nokia In Los Angeles
One of the greatest female acts ever was on top of their game, as En Vogue celebrated 20 years as a group in Los Angeles on Sunday night. It was a rousing, soulful performance that was filled with all of their hits and a medley of old school favorites.
Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson and Terry Ellis have recently reunited after some shuffling of the group’s lineup and look and sound as good as ever. En Vogue’s last #1 single was in 1996 (“Don’t Let Go (Love)” featured in the movie “Set It Off”) but their talent and music has stood the test of time. Hits like “Hold On,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” “Free Your Mind” and “Love Don’t Love You” would hold their own in today’s digital download environment.
Multi-platinum selling R & B Soul artist Ginuwine brought a steamy set to the bill, bringing a surge of women to the front as he moved across the stage. An talented artist who has performed with Diddy, Timberland, Brandy, Missy Elliott and Tyreese, he did not disappoint. “In Those Jeans,” and Ginuwine’s popular “Pony” brought a ton of energy to the club. He even did a tribute to Michael Jackson, covering “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough,” featuring some impeccable dance moves.
One of the highlights of the set was a 15 minute medley of old school music that the ladies announced were “the fabric of America.” Included were “Ain’t No Mountain,” “Ring My Bell,” “Best of My Love,” “RESPECT” and “Lady Marmalade.” The 1993 Salt-N-Pepa hit, “Whatta Man” had the sold out crowd shaking their bodies in the aisles as they waived their hands in the air.
En Vogue were a bit sentimental, looking back on their career that they called, “20 years
strong,” with their families in attendance. They thanked their producer Denzil Foster who was
the original mastermind that put the group together. They also thanked opening act Rhona
Bennett, who they said “graced us with her presence.” Bennett was a member of En Vogue
from 2003 to 2008 and has been given the name, “Miss R & B.”
As En Vogue closed this night of celebration with “What’s It Gonna’ Be?,” fans left Club Nokia with the feeling that there were more empowering anthems to come from this talented quartet.