Review #1: Baby Boomer Perspective
Riddle me this? Name a 65-year old man who can sing and dance at a high-level non-stop for 90 minutes. This is not a trick question. (I’ll wait). Time is up.
ANSWER: Eleven-time Grammy nominee CHARLIE, (LAST NAME) WILSON!
Charlie Wilson performed last night at the MGM Theater at National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Mr. Wilson did not disappoint. If you get a chance to see “Uncle Charlie” that would be money well spent.
This Charlie Wilson show had songs for fans of all ages. From “Outstanding” to “Burn Rubber,” to “There Goes My Baby” and the instant classic “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” everyone had several songs they could recognize and sing.
It’s no secret that Charlie Wilson knows how to put on a show. He’s flashy when he needs to be with a talented band, including a tight horn section, “eye candy” backup dancers and a Lead Guitarist who often reminded me of Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers.
Connect with Charlie:
Official Website: http://www.charliewilsonmusic.com/ (Click here to see tour dates, videos and more)
Thank you Juanita Stephens of JS Media Relations for coordinating this event.
Gary A. Johnson is the Founder and Publisher of Black Men In America.com. The company manages a variety of Internet and digital media enterprises including a syndicated blog and Black Boating and Yachting.com, a site that highlights the adventures of boating enthusiasts.
Review #2: Millennial Perspective
By Christopher Johnson
There’s been a lot of talk lately about who the King of R&B is, sparked by young artist Jaquees. Debate on the Internet has been fierce with fans of artists like R. Kelly, Babyface, Usher, Keith Sweat and plenty of others defending their choice for the title of “King.”
My answer: Respect the OG (Original Gangster). I got a chance to sit in the VIP section at the Charlie Wilson show at the MGM Theater this weekend and I have to say don’t over look Uncle Charlie.
His voice is as crisp as ever and he brings the energy like an artist 20 years younger. His band was equally sharp and energetic bringing his vast catalogue of songs to life. Wilson has a unique connection to a vast demographic of fans between his work as lead singer of The Gap Band to working with younger artists like Pharrell and Snoop Dogg. It may be easy to overlook “Uncle Charlie” because of his age but he is showing no signs of slowing down and needs to be in the conversation for “King of R&B.”
Christopher Johnson also known as “C. J.” is the youngest columnist on this website. He started interviewing celebrities when he was 10-years old. Chris comments on sports, politics, current events and he writes movie reviews. In his spare time he is the Lead Guitarist for a band called The Courtland Experiment. Click here to visit his Archives Page to see more videos with Harold Bell and to read his commentaries and movie reviews. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.