“Shining, Shining, Shining, Shining, yeah.” It was clear skies after the first show was postponed. The Dell Music Center’s 2019 season kicked off with a hot sold out show. The O’Jays with special guests Russell Thompkin’s Stylistics, Bloodstone & The Intruders ignited the stage and set the tone for the season.


The Intruders photographed by Kyle Morris

The Intruders started the night by enticing the audience with their song “Sad Girl” instructing the females that they have to use what they’ve got to get what they want. Followed by their classic’s “I Wanna Know Your Name” and “Cowboys to Girls”. Throughout the venue people sang along “Shoot’em up bang, bang.”  Then pumped up the crowd with their song “I’ll Always Love My Mama.” A few lucky fans were gifted with some roses that were thrown off stage. 


Bloodstone photographed by Kyle Morris

Bloodstone lit up the stage with a snazzy instrumental jam session.The saxophone solo was a site to see as the musician delivered some sensational tunes. Bloodstone sang their hearts out delivering a great range of vocals that gave chills.  They took the crowd to church when they sang “Can’t nobody do me like Jesus.” 

Russell Thompkin’s Stylistics graced the stage with some smooth dance moves and stylish black and gold suits. The mellow tunes of “Break up to make up”, “You’re a Big Girl Now”, and “You Are Everything” created a blissful calmness among the crowd.  


The O’Jays gave the audience what they wanted, letting us know that they’ve still got it. Decked out in all red, The O’Jays had the stage on fire performing with a lot of high energy. With coordinated jump dance moves that encouraged people to get up and dance. Fangirls (women)  swooned over Eddie Levert as he talked dirty to the crowd on the interlude of “Cry Together.” The men delivered a great performance that did not disappoint.



The O’Jay’s photographed by Kyle Morris


The mood for the season is “Hot Dell Summer”. Here’s to great music and memories at the Dell. Be sure to check out our full season.

By: Tricia Merone