Review: T-Pain brings the Pain to the Tri-Cities

Special to the HeraldMarch 18, 2014 

T-Pain performing at Jokers on March 14 in Richland.

ELDRICK HEREFORD — Special to the Herald

— Three months after singer T-Pain missed a scheduled show in Richland, more than 400 fans Friday night got what they’d been waiting for with a high-energy, hour-long set.

Local favorite Alphy Nics got the party started at Jokers. With newly red-dyed hair, he was quick to peel off his top and show off his six-pack.

I have had the pleasure of seeing Alphy grow as an R&B artist. His vocal skills and stage performance have improved, and this time he added beautiful background dancers. He is just one hit record away from putting the Tri-Cities on the map.

The production schedule was tight, short and simple. After a few riffs, Alphy was followed by hip-hop acts Louis V, Donovan and EP.

But the crowd was there to see T-Pain, and when he came on, the house was hyped and ready to roll.

Jokers may not be the like the arenas he is used to packing, but the energy was the same.

It’s rare that the Tri-Cities gets an intimate show with a multi-platinum Grammy award-winning artist of T-Pain’s fame.

Early in his set he did a cover of Lorde’s hit Royals which got the audience turned up. But T-Pain also tapped into his own catalog of hits to keep the crowd going, from the R-Kelly-assisted Outta my System to I So Hood with DJ Khaled to the Grammy award-winning Good Life with Kanye West.

This was more than just a concert, it was a real party going on. And when T-Pain was on the mic, there wasn’t a body standing still in Jokers.

The veteran artist, producer, singer and philanthropist was completely at home on stage in the Tri-Cities and he brought the Pain.

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