The industry was thick as last nightâ€™sÂ ATL Live on the ParkÂ monthly music showcase witnessed history in the making. Band mates Teddy Riley, Lenny Harold, Dave Hollister, Chauncey Black, and Tony Tyler re-united to perform some of their biggest hits from the 1990â€™s New Jack Swing era including â€œBefore I Let You Goâ€, â€œNo Diggityâ€ and â€œDonâ€™t Leave Meâ€. Before Blackstreetâ€™s high-energy performance, Teddy Riley honored the crowd by performing some of his biggest hits he created for platinum-selling artists including Michael Jacksonâ€™s â€œRemember the Timeâ€, Guyâ€™s â€œLetâ€™s Chillâ€, Bobby Brownâ€™s â€œMy Prerogativeâ€ and more.
Credited for the creation of the New Jack Swing era, Teddy Riley received the Icon Award from Devyne Stephens and his foundation Devyne Intervention, for his commitment to the entertainment community.
Ceasar Mitchell, President of Atlantaâ€™s City Council also presented Riley with a proclamation from Atlanta for his contributions to the city and the music industry.
Guests also enjoyed sneak performances by American actor, singer, comedian and television personality Wayne Brady. The Georgia native returned to his home state to perform new music from his untitled album scheduled for release February 2013.
ASCAP and Devyne Stephenâ€™s newest label, UM3G also presented performances by new artists Mishon, Amber Bullock, Brittnee Camelle, Saint Nick and Marques Anthony.
Lifestyle specialist, Kenny Burns pumped the crowd as DJ Trauma and the Teddy White Band kept the crowd on their feet. Last nightâ€™s performances proved whyÂ ATL Live on the ParkÂ is considered the cityâ€™s most anticipated music showcase.
Notables in attendance includedÂ Mayor Kasim Reed,Â LaTocha ScottÂ (formerly of Xscape), Super producerÂ Jazze Phae, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta reality stars,Â Stevie JÂ andÂ Joseline,Â Lisa Borders, womenâ€™s basketball teamÂ Atlanta Dream, comedianÂ Rodney Perry, RHOAÂ Peter Thomas, 2012 Olympic Gold MedalistÂ Angel McCoughtry,Â Bobby V, â€œR&B Divasâ€Â Nicci GilbertÂ andÂ MonifahÂ and more.
Next monthâ€™s edition ofÂ ATL Live on the ParkÂ will take place in September 2012. Additional information coming soon.