Eric Benet Performs in Charlotte, NC
Hello, Eric Benet fans!
I hope you are all doing well.
I’d like to take this opportunity to recap the Eric Benet June 10, 2016 performance at Club One in Charlotte, NC.
I was in the “Queen City” for my little cousin’s graduation. That Friday, I was hanging out with my aunt visiting friends and running errands. I told one of my aunt’s closest friends that I had planned on going to Club One. She told me to take care, being by myself.
At my aunt’s house I got ready for the performance and said a prayer. Even though I used the navigation on my phone to find the club, I still managed to get lost. At long last, I was there.
When I had called the phone number on the flier the lady who answered said the doors opened at 8:00 p.m. and the downstairs performing space opened at 10:00 p.m. The artists were supposed to perform between 11:00 & 1:00. She also said the cost was $30 to get in and $50 if you wanted to “jump the line”. When I got there it turned out to be only $10. It was Ladies’ Night. Sweet!
I arrived around 10:00, but they had changed the time to open downstairs to 10:30. So I bought a drink and waited. Finally, I went downstairs. There were V.I.P. places all around, but I didn’t have V.I.P. money, so I stayed in the middle. I found a place not far from the stage so I could get close when Eric came on.
It was past midnight, then all of a sudden, I saw Eric and his people come down and walk across the dance floor to the DJ’s station. I followed them. I kept tapping him on his arm to get his attention, but he didn’t look back to see me. I then moved to the stage.
The DJ’s booth was to the right of the stage, and Eric was sitting behind the DJ. I kept trying to get his attention to no avail. I told this nice lady that I was trying to get Eric’s attention. So she let me squeeze to the other side of her to get closer (See, southern hospitality). Someone tapped him for me, and I waved like a fool. He recognized me, and waved back. I blew him a kiss, and he blew me one back.
I saw the manager. I reminded him who I was and to let Eric know I was there. I asked him if I could get a picture with Eric later. He said yes.
Finally Eric came out on stage. The lady who had let me move closer to the DJ was shocked. She didn’t know Eric was supposed to perform that night. I reminded her that I said that Eric was behind the DJ. She said, “Yes, but I thought you just meant some random ‘Eric’. I didn’t know you meant ERIC BENET!” lol
Eric looked absolutely dreamy. He was wearing a cerulean blue suit, a midnight colored vest, and beautiful tan shoes. Blue is my favorite color, and I have always enjoyed Eric in blue. Does anybody remember him in the silky royal blue shirt from back in the day? Heavenly! But I digress. He only got to sing four songs: “Chocolate Legs”, “Sometimes, I Cry”, “You’re the Only One” and “Georgy Porgy”.
The crowd enjoyed the performance and sang along. Of course I could have wanted more, but I didn’t complain. I didn’t find out about this show until I was driving halfway to Charlotte. It was a pleasant surprise.
After the show, I waited for the manager to bring Eric down from the DJ booth, so we could take a picture. Eric came down and gave me a great hug. I tried to take a picture with my own camera, but it came out terrible. I was so embarrassed! Many of you who know me know how I often struggle with my camera. (It’s not my cameras. It’s me. It’s some kind of weird twist of fate because I grew up across town from KODAK, the film company. You would think I could have learned to take better pictures. Go figure.)
Luckily, the club hired a PROFESSIONAL photographer who took a good picture of the two of us. They left, then so did I. I saw the manager on the way out, gave him a hug, and walked to my car. It was such a positive experience.
~ TrueEB Danielle ~