I’m about a week behind with this re-cap due to technical issues. My site and blog was down for practically two days, which left me suspended here. Hopefully that’s it for the server problems this week.
So exactly a week ago, Danny and I hit up Summer Heat 2k9. We planned to be at Ricoh Coliseum by late afternoon that day, but due to a power outage in Danny’s ‘hood we didn’t end up downtown until almost 6pm. Luckily for us, there wasn’t a line up when we got there, so we took a quick turn to Union Station to pick up pizza at Pizza 2 Go before heading back to Ricoh. (If you haven’t yet tried their pizza, I strongly suggest you try it.)
We grabbed a few bites of the pizza in the car before we headed to the entrance, only to find that a huge line up had already formed. After waiting in line for a few minutes, a security guy came and asked if any of us in line had floor tickets. When we told him we did, he said we were in the wrong line! There turned out to be a separate line, and (surprise!) there was no line up for those with floor tickets :)
The venue was pretty empty when we first got inside. Local artists performed while people slowly filled the arena. Kevin Rudolf and his band was the first to hit the stage, followed by Jazmine Sullivan. She started her set with one of my favourites – “Bust Your Windows”.
Flo Rida worked the stage and had everyone singing to “Sugar”. Then he had 7 girls up on stage dancing with him to “Low” and was literally in the crowd throwing away signed towels for “Right Round”. What an entertainer!
Ahhh, finally…our beloved Keri Hilson, who totally ROCKED it! I admit I wasn’t really expecting THAT great a performance from her. Boy did she WOW me! I mean, sure…I love her music and will go to great lengths to see her in person, but I honestly wasn’t expecting her set to be so well performed. Her choreographed routines were amazing, especially for “Slow Dance”. I think Danny almost collapsed watching it because it was just that HOT! lol (Check out the video here) I also think he was extremely jealous of the male dancer who got to rub his bod up to Keri’s haha
Last but not least, there was T-Pain. We didn’t end up staying through T-Pain’s set because we wanted to leave early in order to get ourselves changed and ready for more Keri at Maro. So after his second song, we left. We stopped at Danny’s work to use their washrooms as our change rooms. Unfortunately, when we were ready to leave his office building, it had started pouring outside. It was a good thing I had an umbrella in my bag; we were only semi-soaked by the time we made it back to his car.
So we arrived at Maro shortly after 11pm. When I walked in and saw that the place was barely empty, a bad feeling crept up on me. I thought it was rather strange for it to be THAT quiet in a club where Keri Hilson’s after party was expected to be held. But whatever, we hung around. It wasn’t until almost 1am when we realized A LOT of people had left. At that point we knew this after party was a total flop. Thanks to Twitter, we got Keri’s tweet and found out they had moved the after party to Century (probably because no one showed up at Maro).
We didn’t end up at Century in the end and just called it a night. It had been a long day, but at least we got to see our Keri :)