Popular ’90s R&B crooners onstage together Sunday in Macon

lshirley@macon.comMay 10, 2013 

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Concert promoter Mike Sanders listens to his wife. The Ladies Night Out Tour coming Sunday to the Macon City Auditorium is the result of her complaint to him that there isn’t enough entertainment aimed solely at women.

“My wife was always telling me there were no shows she wanted to go see, so I decided to make one for ladies only, an all-male revue of ’90s groups she liked,” Sanders said. “I wanted to make something that those who attended would always remember, especially those who grew up in that time.”

The tour, currently slated for 15 shows around the country, features Dru Hill, Ginuwine, K-Ci and JoJo and Silk, and those groups certainly made their names with music that Sanders’ wife would enjoy.

K-Ci and JoJo is a group made up of brothers Cedric and Joel Hailey, who originally broke onto the music scene with the group Jodeci in 1990. In 1996, the Hailey brothers formed the side group K-Ci and JoJo, and they have been nominated for three Grammy Awards and won one American Music Award. The biggest hit to date for K-Ci and JoJo has been 1999’s “All My Life.”

Silk formed in Atlanta in 1989, and the group was discovered by Keith Sweat. Silk has had hits with “Freak Me” and “Happy Days” and has released eight albums. The group’s debut album, “Lose Control,” was No. 1 on the U.S. R&B chart.

Dru Hill was most popular in the 1990s and is best known for the No. 1 R&B hit “In My Bed.” The band’s original lineup included Sisqo, who broke out and had solo success with “Thong Song.”

Ginuwine was signed by Epic Records in the 1990s and was nominated for Best Male R&B Artist in the American Music Awards three times in the early 2000s. His most well-known song is “Pony.”

“I’ve done shows with all of them in the past and had a relationship with them. It was my idea to put the tour together, and they’re all friends and get along. When I approached them with my idea, they all said, ‘Let’s do it,’ ’’ Sanders said.

Macon radio personality Gentleman George also will provide some musical entertainment, and comedian and actress Hope Flood will host the evening.

“She’s really great and complimentary to women. Her whole set is geared toward women, what they do right and what they do wrong,” Sanders said.

The finale of the show includes all of the bands performing onstage together.

“They all sound so good, like their music was just released last week; they haven’t lost a step,” he said. “Women really love it, and it gives them something positive to talk about afterward. It’s a show you don’t want to miss.”

Ladies Night Out Tour: Mother’s Day Bash

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Macon City Auditorium, 415 First St.

Cost: $27.50-$42.50

Information: www.ticketmaster.com

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