Last Saturday night I had the pleasure of seeing Keith Sweat for the first time in concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC alongside fellow SoulBouncer Vivrant Thang. Yes, I realize that it's 2008 and not 1988, but you would have never known it by the way that Keith commanded the audience as he ran through his litany of hits and made the ladies gasp, swoon and lose their minds. Which leads me to the above photo that I snapped during the...er...grown and sexy portion of the show.
At one point during his set, Sweat brought a woman
from the audience up on stage to get faux freaky with while singing one of his numerous slow jams. For those unaware, this tactic is on page 69 of the Male R&B Singer Concert Playbook. The only thing was, he got a bonafide freak-a-zoid that night. Miss Thang walked on stage innocently enough then once Kieth started
whining singing to her, all bets were off. She jumped on him, wrapped her legs around his waist and proceeded to ride 'em cowgirl. Because nothing says "class" like dry boning Keith Sweat in front of a thousand or so people.
Keith was so taken aback that after she finished having her way with him he asked her, "You haven't had sex in a long time, huh?" and was dead
serious. He pressed further, saying to her, "No, for real, when was the last time you had
sex?" Miss Thang was being coy, and if she answered the audience didn't hear it. But the kicker really came when Keith said,
"Well, I'm glad your man ain't here." To which she responded by pointing out her
HUSBAND in the audience.
My soul's time of death: 8:25 PM EST.
A little part of Keith may have died as well when her big, burly husband stood up. Keith apologized profusely, using the "it was her fault" defense. Apparently there were no hard feelings--hey, that man knew what kinda skank he married--and Sweat even jumped down from the stage to shake Mr. Thang's hand and pose for a photo. Only in DC, I tell ya.
Oh yeah, Lyfe Jennings was the headliner (I don't get it either), but since I'm not a fan I didn't really get into his portion of the concert. Sorry.
All in all, Keith Sweat's live show was most enjoyable. He sang all of his solo hits and his version of LSG's "My Body" that he dedicated to Gerald Levert was a highlight of the night. As one of the few remaining artists of the New Jack Swing era to still be on the scene making music, he proved that he's still got it at 47 years young and can still make 'em sweat.
For more flicks from the concert, click here.