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06 Mar

Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, producer, and actor Ne-Yo knows how to to nail an act and please most females in the audience. At his show on Sunday, the last day of the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2017, Ne-Yo captivated thousands who had flocked to Hall B3 an hour before the doors opened.


He kicked off the performance with “Let’s Go,” an upbeat number that prompted audience members who initially sat on the floor to stand up and dance. After three songs, Ne-Yo interacted a bit with the audience and humorously introduced himself in case they had no idea who he was.

After another three songs, he appeared to feel a bit weary due to the humid weather. “I never thought that it was going to be this hot,” Ne-Yo said while wiping away sweat from his forehead with a towel.


He then gestured that he might go bare chested for the rest of the performance, which gave some women in the audience high hopes. Alas, he only took off his outer shirt.

The audience exploded during “So Sick,” a ballad that became an anthem for people growing up in the 2000s and catapulted him to superstardom. Ne-Yo’s concert ended on a high note a couple of songs later and in total he performed more than 12 songs to the delight of the audience.


The audience later moved next door to Hall D1 for another Grammy award winner, American fusion jazz group Chick Corea Elektric Band. Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea took out his smartphone, which was taken as a cue for the audience to raise their arms and wave while posing. “You’re now on our website,” said the 75-year-old.


He asked for the lights on the audience to stay on, before charging the hall with “Charged Particles” so that “we can see you guys.” He was in utter joy looking at drummer Dave Weckl and guest bassist Nathan West on their virtuosic solos on “Trance Dance,” leaping off the keyboard seat to shake hands with Eric Marienthal after the latter ended the number with his whistling, scooting sax that sliced the air.


“Was that a firework or another band playing?” he directed at the audience. “Are they playing the beat right?” Java Jazz Festival 2017 ended on a high note. It was a night of impeccable musicianship and astounding improvisation by both international and Indonesian lineups despite some early hiccups.


The festival experienced some technical difficulties earlier on Sunday, the third and final day of the annual event.

Hundreds of visitors, vendors and media partner representatives found themselves waiting for more than an hour in the scorching sun after the server for the ticketing system went down. The entrance gates, which were supposed to open at 3 p.m. sharp, were finally opened to visitors at around 3:45 p.m.


Despite the technical glitches, the festival gave a memorable closing day for visitors with some of the best and most innovative performances. One of the early highlights was the collaboration between husband and wife hipster duo Endah N’ Rhesa with two young drummers, Yandi Andaputra and Yoiqball, who call themselves DuaDrum at the Outdoor Stage 1.


The two group collaboration featured a refreshing presentation in which Endah N’ Rhesa performed their set of songs, including their hit single “When You Love Someone,” with DuaDrum sitting face-to-face in the center playing two drum sets in harmony.


Among the last shows to call it a day, or a year, were Incognito, DW3, Adam Hawley, Chielie Minucci & Special EFX and Michael Martyniuk Quartet. Indonesian legend Iwan Fals rocked the stage in collaboration with Maurice Brown and Kirk Whallum, while Dwiki Dharmawan’s Pasar Klewer project brought ethnic color to the night.

Original article can be found at PressReader