Tuesday night the area between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets was filled with chilled teenage girls waiting outside the Electric Factory in the cold for the doors to open to the sold out Q102 Jingle Ball 2000 concert.
The holiday theme concert was the station’s gift to their loyal listeners for a year of great pop music. Hosted by the radio staff, Jingle Ball 2000 went out of its way to please the hometown holiday faithful with gifts and surprises throughout the night. But gifts and surprises only proved to egg on the highly female crowd who were all there to see the performances of pop sensations Mya, 98 Degrees and Philly’s own hometown girl P!nk.
Atlantic records star, Debelah Morgan was the first to take the stage with her R&B five-octave vocal range in full effect for this special engagement. Morgan had no problem capturing the crowd. It seemed as if all the girls in the crowd were familiar with Morgan’s hit single “Dance with Me.”
Ruff Endz, the hip-hop soul duo of David “Davinch” Chance and Dante “Chi” Jordan, was next to take the stage in front of the rabid Philly fans. Originally part of a quartet, the two came together in the mid 90’s in Baltimore where chemistry between their voices led them to break away and set out on their own. Love Crimes the duo’s debut album hit stores in
August and was the main concentration for this night’s performance. “No More,” the single off the album was the highlight of their soul sharing performance for the Philly crowd.
The crowd energizing pop star Shaggy followed the young duo. Shaggy passes the course of diversity by incorporating various elements of jazz, hip-hop, ragamuffin, and reggae in his sound. This cultured pop sound is a true representation of musical diversity. His latest offering Hot Shot left the crowd swinging as he belted out its hit “Wasn’t Me.”
After the diverse offering of Shaggy the staff of Q102 took the stage alongside rock-n-roll star Lenny Kravitz (the host of the night) for a charitable donation to the community. After the donation was made Kravitz then announced 98 Degrees to a house full of screaming teens.
Four former Ohio residents form the sweet urban soul quartet 98ø: brothers Nick and Drew Lachey plus Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. These young good looking men from Los Angeles tapped the emotions of the teenage crowd with a set of songs determined to make eyes tear and hearts cry out for more. Flying high on their recently released album Revelation, the boys received a large ovation for their hit single “Give Me
Just One Night (Una Noche).” What was surprising about their
performance was that they were not the headlining act of Jingle Ball 2000.
Dancer turned smooth urban R&B vocalist; Mya was the next to arouse the youthful crowd. Her dance clad performance left the many teenage youth in awe. Mya’s smooth urban songs about love and growing up reigned tonight through her popular single “Case Of The Ex.”
The adolescent girls in the crowd welcomed back their hometown hero P!nk with a loud and overwhelming reception. With her colorful nickname and matching shade of hair, P!nk was glad to be back to be able to perform her inspiring and independent songs from Can’t Take Me Home for her hometown crowd.
The young R&B/pop diva was raised in a musical household and began her career by singing in Philadelphia clubs in her early teens. Aside from her excellent voice, fans admire her attitude, independence and strong will the most. P!nk was festooned with various pink props throughout her performance including a pink feather robe. Her performance of “There
You Go” set the crowd in sync with her vocals as they sang along with her. The crowd was very pleased at the performance of her new single entitled “You Make Me Sick.” These anxious Philadelphia did not want the P!nk’s homecoming to end, but it did as she concluded her portion of the night with her smash single “Most Girls.”
Who Let The Dogs Out? The Baha Men did tonight as they closed out the Jingle Ball concert with their popular hit. Q102 left fans with happy holiday memories and a concert that included so many top name artists that next year’s show is hard to imagine topping. If Jingle Ball 2000 didn’t settle your holiday wish list it’s hard to imagine that anything else could.