Concert Review: En Vogue

The Silverton, Feb. 16


The legendary “funky divas” of En Vogue helped reignite the flames for lovers celebrating Valentine’s Day weekend. But if you were fans of the original lineup—Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson—you know that they’ve have had their disagreements, breakups and now legal battles that split the divas into two groups: Ellis and Herron vs. Jones and Robinson. According to news reports, they’re heading into court to fight over which side deserves rights to the group name. At this show, the latter version of En Vogue—led by Jones and sans Robinson—brought the group’s sultry and sassy hits to Las Vegas with a new lineup of talented songstresses. “Giving Him Something He Can Feel” stood out and treated fans to a beautiful four-part harmony, while “Whatta Man” gave the ladies an opportunity to rap on the legendary Salt-n-Pepa song on which the group was featured 20 years ago. During what Jones called a “diva tribute” all four alternated leads on songs including Otis Redding’s “Respect,” Rufus’ “Tell Me Something Good,” and Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” “Hold On” provided the biggest standing ovation of the night. Another highlight was when the ladies began the popular a cappella rendition of the Motown standard, “Who’s Lovin’ You” and concluded with the audience belting out the chorus in appreciation. ★★★☆☆

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