A lot may have evolved over the coarse of 25 years in terms of fashion, technology, and especially trends in music, but through those changes, loyal fans continue to support and stand by 94.7 The WAVE’s goal of playing great music to help you “relax and unwind.” It’s because of the tight-knit WAVE family that the station was able to celebrate the major milestone of 25 years on the air, and we did so in style by throwing a concert showcasing the music and artists that helped make The WAVE into what it is today. [photogallerylink id=59055 align=left]
Featuring acclaimed singer/songwriter/producer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Babyface[/lastfm], The Dave Koz Supergroup, and sultry songstress [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Toni Braxton[/lastfm], The WAVE’s 25th Anniversary Concert at the Nokia Theatre was a star-studded affair that packed in over four hours of R&B, jazz, and those nostalgia hits we hold close to our hearts.
It was a spectacular night of music, surprises, and celebration as friends and family to commemorate 25 years of music on The WAVE!
The night kicked off with a short but sweet set from guitarist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Blake Aaron[/lastfm], who warmed up the excited audience with a selection of electric guitar instrumentals spanning his three solo releases, including his latest single “Encantadora.” Aaron brought out the first surprise of the night, enlisting the vocals of guest singer Derek Bordeaux to help him on a couple of jazz covers.
The anticipation for our next performer could be felt throughout the entire theater as cheers grew louder and louder while the house band jammed on stage to usher in the entrance of mega-producer/songwriter Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. The overwhelming love radiating from the crowd for Babyface just goes to show what a major influence he’s been in music in the past twenty years. With hundreds of producing and songwriting credits to his name, Babyface has long transcended beyond his solo R&B career as one of the most prolific songwriters for the biggest acts in music, including fellow performer, Toni Braxton.
Not only did fans get a refreshing taste of some of Babyface’s huge solo hits like “Every Time I Close My Eyes” and “When Can I See You Again,” but he also played an eclectic medley of some of the No.1 hits made famous by others that he’s behind. Babyface covered songs he’s written for artists like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bobby Brown[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eric Clapton[/lastfm]‘s “Change The World” and even brought out his famous older brother, Kevon, to help him bring down the house on [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Boyz II Men[/lastfm]‘s “End Of The Road.”
Babyface even thrilled the audience by running out into the aisles during his grand finale, encouraging those lucky enough to get close to “touch his hand” as he walked by. Though he’s an artist known more for his behind the scenes work, Babyface came alive on stage to deliver an incredibly entertaining show that brought back a flood of memories from good times in the past.
And always the entertainer himself, our next performer Dave Koz returned to his family at The WAVE, along with bringing the support of his many famous friends in The Dave Koz Supergroup. One by one, Dave introduced his special guests that included saxophonists [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Richard Elliot[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Boney James[/lastfm], trumpeter [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rick Braun[/lastfm], and the unexpected surprise of the night, the one and only [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kenny G[/lastfm]!
One thing guaranteed with a Dave Koz Show is that it’s always filled with incredible showmanship. There wasn’t a dull moment during any of the artists’ performances, which featured both solo sets from each plus a group finale that enthralled with back and forth sax battles and duets. Fans were even treated to up close and personal serenades from some of the artists who used the aisles and seats as their stage.
Fans jumped out of their seats for a chance to capture that once in a lifetime photo of their favorite artists performing out in the audience for one of those concert moments they’ll remember for years to come.
Finally, the icing on the cake for The WAVE’s 25th Anniversary Concert was headlining act, Toni Braxton, who never fails to impress with her stunning beauty and extraordinary voice. Wearing a sheer purple and black sequined dress with a daring leg split that ran all the way up to her hip, Toni had no trouble commanding the audience’s attention to the stage as she performed all her notable hits.
Interacting with the crowd from the very start, Toni may have made some wives and girlfriends a little jealous as she pulled up a few lucky gentlemen on stage to help her sing and dance during songs like “You’re Making Me High,” “Another Sad Love Song,” and the seductive moment when she sat on the lap of an audience member during “Breathe Again.”
Turning the show into a whole family affair, Toni was joined by her sisters as seen in their hit reality show ‘Braxton Family Values’ Trina and Towanda, who were both featured backup singers and dancers on stage. Toni also briefly brought out her sisters Traci and the outspoken Tamar who urged the crowd to get out of their seats for Toni’s “hotness.”
The night came to a big finish as Toni launched into her mega-hit “Un-Break My Heart” that had the entire crowd singing along. Spilling her love and affection to the audience, which was felt throughout her entire performance as she came out into the audience graciously shaking fans’ hands, Toni ended on her big note and gushed while blowing kisses, “Thank you L.A. for having me,” before leaving the stage.
As The WAVE celebrated its 25th anniversary with the help of the artists that made this station great, we especially thank the listeners in our WAVE family for tuning in to the station everyday that helped make this possible, and we look forward to celebrating another 25 years with you!