ESSENCE Fest alum and everyone’s favorite uncle, Charlie Wilson played to a nearly sold-out crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night. His tour, Forever Charlie, is the first arena tour for the legendary singer.
Wilson put on an electrifying and thoroughly entertaining show from start to finish. He had the crowd on its feet constantly singing along to the hits he’s amassed over the years including There Goes My Baby, Charlie (Last Name Wilson), and his latest single, Goodnight Kisses. He also performed some of The Gap Band’s classics including Outstanding, Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me), Early In The Morning, and Yearning For Your Love.
The show itself was very high energy with Charlie himself dancing and hopping around the stage with more stamina and enthusiasm than most of his younger R&B counterparts.
Wilson typically performs at smaller, more intimate venues. So, at first thought, an arena tour seemed quite an ambitious feat for him. But by the end of the show, I realized why he’s able to play arenas and nearly sell them out. Simply put, he puts on a hell of a show! This wasn’t just a concert. It was an experience. Charlie, with his signature charismatic style invites you into his world and connects with you by way of his timeless songs and the powerful testimony that is his life story.
There are certain artists that you just HAVE to see perform at least once in your life and Charlie Wilson is one of them.