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Robin Thicke serenades Patti LaBelle and Janet Jackson

robin at piano again

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.”

janet jackson (the promoter!)

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.

PLB and Terri J. Vaughn

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.

Did you attend Thicke’s performance? Share your thoughts.

(photo credit: Michelle E. Shaw)

15 comments Add your comment


January 23rd, 2010
3:22 pm

Well, he did say on Good Morning Atlanta that it wasn’t going to be a show per se, rather that the night was all about the reopening of Eschelon 3000, so I expected him to do a short set.. On the morning show he said the club was the ‘cake,’ he was just going to be the ‘icing.’” It sounds like the kind of abbreviated performance that he and other performers do at openings of clubs and restaurants.

K Step

January 23rd, 2010
11:50 pm

I attended wit a few coworkers to Celebrate my Bday as well, Robin was well worth the wait. Which I must say was a loooooong wait. The doors opened at 6 he didnt get on the stage till 11:30. you could tell Echelon just opened because the workers were VERY unorganized, after being told we could sit anywhere we would like and grabbed a plate, went back to my table, my friend and I were asked to move before we could sit back down. When we moved to the designated area we were told to move to the waitress told us we couldnt sit there either. VERY SLOPPY waitresses who clearly had no idea how things were supposed to go that night. None the less we got a great performance, and probably wont be back until they get things in order!!!!!

Boogers for the children fund

January 25th, 2010
10:39 am

Muchadoodoo about nothing.

J. Jackson- Echelon3000

January 25th, 2010
3:25 pm

This is to K Step: Greetings! Glad you enjoyed the Show. Sorry for any inconveince. Please make sure you let me know whenever you’d like to come again and I will make sure that you are taking care of. You are right… We are very new and have an all new staff, so your patience was truly appreciated. If I can assist you at any other time, please do not hesitate to contact Me.

J. Jackson



January 25th, 2010
5:02 pm

I was very disappointed, much hype, much unorganization. I wanted to order from the kitchen instead of stand in the long buffet line, but the kitchen was not open. I had a pocket full of money and could not eat. My date is disgusted and we have vowed to not come back, can’t chance another sub par evening


January 25th, 2010
5:20 pm

I attended on Friday night. It was not what I expected but it was indeed something to do. It’s been years since I had been to a club so I didn’t know the “new thing” was to stand up the entire night. There were so many people were there. It was interesting people watching and listening to the music. Robin finally showed up, sung lines from a few songs and it was “thank you ATL”. I left when he left. Hopefully the employees will get more organized and it will prove to be a successful Stone Mountain Club.


January 25th, 2010
5:21 pm

I must say this spot is much different from the Echelon back in the day…the Ambiance is great… However, for them to charge $40.00 for the Robin Thicke concert was outrageous ( Not that He wasn’t worth it, but not that night), first of all, I bought my ticket in advance and still didn’t get a seat, they only had limited seating for those that bought ‘general’ tickets and for most ladies like myself who got there early, we had to stand for hours and hours, no seats at the bar you couldn’t seat at the edge of the dance floor either, I felt the accomadations were not met for the type of crowd they had. The food was GREAT, however, with such a huge crowd you should have more than one buffet area or at least two lines, for those that did not get a chance to eat they were outta luck because the kitchen was closed!!! Drinking without food= danger!!!! plus their VIP is over priced!!!! Nice club/ Poor service!!!!!

Kelly B.

January 25th, 2010
6:02 pm

I had a great time… after reading over some of the above comments… maybe some of it is true, but come on people, this is a CLUB. A new club at that, so yes there’s going to be glitches. But for the most part I take off my hats to anyone that even attempts to deal with that crowd. I know I couldnn’t do it. But for the most part, the club was beautiful, the crowd was grown and sexy and yes the buffet food was good. I didn’t expect a full dinner or even a menu because it was advertised as a buffet and when I phoned the club about 2 days before the event and they made it clear that it would only be a buffet. As for a full concert, I never expected it because I knew it was a club and atl is notorious for performers just singing a couple of years. It’s been like that for years. But again, yea there were some gliches, but expected in a new establishment. Hats off though. I had a blast!


January 25th, 2010
7:44 pm

That was not a concert it was an ‘appearance’ and they should have advertised as such! They should have allowed the public to see the club on a regular night instead of a ‘concert’ night maybe my views would have been different. I have been to other clubs and performers actually performed (AMBIANCE LOUNGE)The astablishment may be new but Echelon’s club owner isn’t!!!!!!!! But yeah the food was good, waitresses can be trained a little more…I was in the VIP area and didn’t receive VIP treatment.


January 25th, 2010
7:49 pm

Club was beautiful. I never expected it to look like that on the inside. But was there with some friends. We had a good time for the most part. We just left earlier than expected to because there wasn’t any food to order. After so many drinks, you want to eat. Wish we would have came earlier so that we could have eaten before, but all good. I will say that the young lady that had on the white dress was working hard. I didn’t know it was her birthday until I read the story above. lol I must say, that it seemed to be alot of confustion at the door. We waited way too long and everyone seemed to be confused. We went to a gentleman that was pointed out to us as the manager, but he seemed even more confused. It was very congested at the door. We were sat in an area that apparently we didn’t know was reserved and a female security came over and moved us. She was rather rude I must say. I’m not a complainer, but remember, it’s not what you say, but how you say it sometimes. But seeing Robin and Patti Labelle was definitely a highlight for us. We just hated that we couldn’t stay and party longer, but we were hungry!

tasia j

January 25th, 2010
10:59 pm

I agree with previous comments. The club itself was very nice not too big, not too small, however like someone stated before, I too purchased advanced tickets only to find out that the advance seating tickets purchases for 40 dollars were actually standing in line outside and no seats inside. strike one. strike two was after rushing to get there by 8 when the show was supposed to start I had to wait until 1130 before he came out to perform all of about 3 songs and non of which was his new single sex therapy. Oh I was pissed. I may go to the club again in the future but never again for a concert. I dont know if it was his fault or the clubs but very false advertisement.


January 26th, 2010
2:40 pm

My friends and I went. The food was off the chain, the club was really nice and we really had fun. We danced until we couldn’t anymore. I enjoyed Robin, but I also was glad it was a short show so that we could get our party on. I for one is glad that there’s another club close by other than Ambiance. Ambiance having you to take a shuttle over and then when you come out, it’s not running anymore was some crap. So I will be going back. Any issues the Echelon has by being a new club, I sure will iron itself out just like any other new club. But I will be back.

Dr. Stan

January 26th, 2010
3:42 pm

Kudos to J. Jackson for extending an invitation to make things better the next time. Most promoters wouldn’t have done a thing.


February 4th, 2010
7:12 am


Boogers for the children fund

February 4th, 2010
10:59 am

Look at the picture. The women are all swooning over Robin Thicke and the guys are lookin like…”he betta git gone oh we gun pop a cap in his ass”.