Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY has been a prominent landmark for decades. Famous for its beachside amusement park, world-famous Nathan’s hot dogs and most recently The Ford Amphitheater-a 5,000 seated live outdoor entertainment venue located on Coney Island’s renowned boardwalk. Since its 2016 grand opening, this hippodrome is the first of its kind within the Tri-State to host an array of entertainment and sporting events, however, this evening’s special guests made The Ford Amphitheater a night to remember.
R & B crooner Eric Benet hit the stage with his sophisticated appeal serenading his fans to numerous jams including “Love Don’t Love Me”, “Sunshine”, and love inspired ballad “You’re the Only One” mesmerizing the ladies as he always did. With the success of seven studio albums, four Grammy nominations and one NAACP Image Award for smash duet hit with Tamia “Spend My Life with You” over his twenty-plus year career, this smooth tenor/falsetto Wisconsin native continues to remain dedicated to his craft.
Distinguished gentlemen, otherwise known as The Whispers graced the stage with their suave moves and fancy footwork rocking to endless hits like “It’s A Love Thing”, “Keep on Lovin’ Me”, “I Love You” and soulful lullaby “Chocolate Girl” heightening the grown and sexy crowd to their feet and taking fans down memory lane. It’s hard to believe that after fifty years, this well-seasoned trio never looked so good proving true the beat goes on and is still moving strong.
Legendary group Maze featuring Frankie Beverly blessed the amphitheater closing out in signature style. With the band in full swing, Beverly got into his rhythm and they dominated the show with continuous jams “Silky Soul”, funk-filled “Back in Stride”, unified “We Are One” and timeless classic “Before I Let Go” having fans in complete party mode bringing forth the melodic energy they do so effortlessly. Nearing fifty years with eight studio albums certified Gold, this quintessential group upholds their sharp classy image