Robin Thicke made an appearance Friday night at Echelon 3000 Bistro in Stone Mountain. I say appearance because the show lasted all of five songs and about 15 minutes.
You may be wondering why Thicke, who in December released his latest album “Sex Therapy,” was performing at a nightclub. “They paid me!” said Thicke backstage before the show.
Well, Thicke and his lovely wife, actress Paula Patton, are expecting their first child in May so he is all about saving (and making) that money, he said, but he added that Atlanta is one of his favorite cities and that he was invited to perform by Janet Jackson “one of the coolest girls in Atlanta.”
No silly. Not THAT Janet. This is Janet Jackson the promoter (pictured right), who was celebrating her birthday while several hundred of her closest friends (club patrons) crammed into Echelon to hear Thicke sing four of his hits plus one bonus song.
Thicke strolled onstage in shades and a black European cut suit singing “Shakin’ it 4 Daddy” which usually features rapper Nicki Minaj. Minaj wasn’t on hand to contribute last night but Thicke did share the stage with a very well-known female artist.
Seated stage left with her crew was none other than the incomparable Patti LaBelle, in town for a Saturday appearance at Macy’s to promote her new line of bedding.
After a sound glitch cut Thicke’s second song “Wanna Love You Girl” a bit short, the unruffled singer gave a shout out to LaBelle wiping his brow with a towel before planting a MUAH on her cheek.
Then, seated center stage at the piano, he dedicated his third song of the evening, “The Sweetest Love” to La LaBelle who raised her wine glass in thanks.
Thicke had Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty) join him at the piano for a Happy Birthday serenade (bonus song). At some point, Terri Vaughn (pictured left with LaBelle) of “The Steve Harvey Show” and “All of Us” fame, took a seat onstage and not a moment to soon since Thicke was heading into his final song of the evening, “Lost Without You.”
Just a few minutes later, it was all over, leaving some attendees wondering if Thicke was returning after a break. Nope. He exited quietly out the back door…and so did we.
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(photo credit: Michelle E. Shaw)