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TLC dances Ruoff Center down with guests Shaggy, Sean Kingston, and En Vogue

Updated: Jul 1, 2023

TLC live concert review with guests Shaggy & En Vogue by Indy CD & Vinyl photojournalist John Geiger.

The “Hot Summer Nights” concert presented by Live Nation at Ruoff Music Center on Saturday, June 24, 2023, featured headliners TLC and Shaggy, with guest support from Sean Kingston and En Vogue.

The pavilion seats and the lawn were already nearly full when Sean Kingston took the stage promptly at 7:00pm to open the evening’s lineup with his 2011 hit “Letting Go (Dutty Love)” from his album Party All Night (Sleep All Day).

At 7:30, En Vogue took the stage. An American soul/r'n'b pop group, featuring three current members Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, and Rhona Bennet, had a huge 1990 hit single “Hold On” that hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The crowd was on their feet when the three powerful gold-clad divas stepped onto the stage with songs addressing love, empowerment, and social justice. Along with acrobatic backup dancers, En Vouge sang and danced their way through other hits such as their opening number, “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”, as well as “Free Your Mind”, “Don’t Let Go (Love), and other well know tunes.

Co-headliner TLC went on at 8:30pm complete with acrobatic performers, digital backgrounds of cityscapes, and palm trees. Opening with their debut single, “Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg”, the four-time Grammy Award winners thanked the crowd for 31 years of support, Along with the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas sold over 72 million records worldwide, achieved four multi-platinum albums, nine top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including four number-one singles: "Creep", "Waterfalls", "No Scrubs", and "Unpretty”.

Bringing a full Jamaican vibe was reggae rapper, singer, songwriter, and philanthropist, Shaggy. Going on just before 10:00pm, the only diamond-selling dancehall artist in music history had fans’ hands waving in unison to his hit song “Bombastic” as smoke filled the stage. Playing with a live band, Shaggy closed out his set with his biggest, catchy hit, “It Wasn’t Me” to the thrill of the crowd who danced until the very end. Not only a great performer, as seen on Saturday night in Noblesville, Shaggy is known to have donated more than $1 million to the Bustamante Children's Hospital in Jamaica through a philanthropy project he started in 2016 called Shaggy and Friends.

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