The crowd was small but the sounds were big and the musical icons shined at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock Friday night for the second American stop of the "Night of the Proms" tour.
The Pointer Sisters, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers were backed by a 60-piece orchestra and a choir made up of 16 nationalities. You could say the night was a combination of pop and classical. "A Fifth of Beethoven" was even on the set list.
It was explained to the audience that "Night of the Proms" began 30 years ago in Europe. The list of stops includes Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Spain, France and more. While we in the United States think of a prom as a big, fancy high school dance with a dj or band, the "Night of the Proms" meaning is a walk through the magic of music.
The Pointer Sisters reminded the crowd that their daddy was from Arkansas. They delivered a high energy performance of some of their greatest hits, including "Fire," "Jump," "Slow Hand" and the crowd pleaser, "I'm So Excited."
Kenny Loggins, now 66, showed no sign of aging as he rolled out his trademark songs. His set list included "Conviction of the Heart, "Celebrate Me Home" "Danger Zone" and "Footloose." Later in the evening, Loggins joined McDonald on two radio staple songs they worked together on years ago. Those songs were "This Is It" and "What A Fool Believes." You could see the awe in the eyes of the audience as the two made these two songs sound as good as ever. McDonald teamed with Ruth Pointer for "On My Own."
Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers, 61 now, invited the audience up on stage for "Good Times," their big hit from the disco era. "Le Freak" and "I Want Your Love" also brought back memories of the dance floors of yesterday.
McDonald, now 62, shined with "Ya Mo Be There," I Keep Forgettin," and "Sweet Freedom."
The show closed with all acts coming out on stage to sing the 1979, Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards song made famous by Sister Sledge, "We Are Family."
Dallas, Kansas City and Omaha were the other cities that got to experience "Night of the Proms."