By Michael Kinney
The Riverwind Casino, hosted a special show over the weekend. Tyrese occupied the main show room the Showplace Center on back to back sold out nights.
It was the first time for the multi-talented artists to appear in Oklahoma. But that didn’t stop the fans of all ages from coming out to enjoy the Black Rose Tour.
Named after his latest album, the tour isn’t one that his hitting every major city across the nation. Oklahoma was one of only a few select dates Tyrese (Baby Boy, Transformers, Fast & Furious franchise) has visited in 2016.
With his acting career in high gear, the California native doesn’t have as much time to dedicate to his musical pursuits. However, it would be impossible to tell by the shows he put on at the Riverwind.
Friday, the show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. But, because of a very late arriving crowd, Tyrese didn’t touch the stage until 9:30 p.m.
Despite that, Tyrese came out and jumped right into the show, after a brief sound check that needed to be done because he missed it earlier in the day.
Before he got into his own material, Tyrese went through a collection of R&B songs to test the knowledge of his audience. He and his band would start the song, then the fans were encouraged to sing along. Oklahomans represented themselves very well and knew each song that was played. Several of the selected cuts came from R&B acts of the 1990s.
That is when Tyrese started to go through some of his better known songs from his albums. Dressed in all black leather and red lights shining down on the stage, he went through several tunes that included “Signs of Love Making,” “Sweet Lady” and “Lately.”
Early on into the show, Tyrese told the security to leave his fans alone of they got close to the stage. He then told the ladies to come on down. That was all they needed to hear as they rushed to surround the state. Even as he threw roses into the throng of women near the stage, it didn’t turn into a riot.
After a quick outfit change into, Tyrese continued his performance. Songs from his Black Rose album and his older material were featured. He closed out the night with his biggest song to date, “Shame.”
The concert lasted only around an hour and 15 minutes. Considering how long we ad to wait, and how many songs he has in his catalog, it was a little short. A full two hours would have served nicely.
Despite that, the show was very interactive as he encouraged his fans on many occasions to sing along with him so he could post the videos on his social media sites. The fans obliged with singing and slow dancing in the aisles.
Tyrese didn’t skimp on the energy and stayed involved with the crowd. All in all, it was a short, but very entertaining show.
Story appeared in The Newcastle Pacer