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World Resorts Casino was the site for Freestyle Volume I. The circuit for legendary acts with timeless fan bases have become the norm in the past few years. Sal Abbatiello, the man responsible for putting many of these acts into the spotlight, is also the one who continues to promote them as the fans who grew up with them in the late 80’s and early 90’s continue to make them relevant. He along with Speedy hosted the festivities.
“You have to understand, I feed off my audience. When they love what we do, we just give it.”
“I do this because of my fans. If they weren’t here to encourage us, I wouldn’t be doing this. I’m a nurse by day.”
The lineup was packed with Lisa, Lisa, Lisette Melendez, SaFire, Coro, and Nyasia, among others, who were on their collective games with the majority of them flanked by very talented background dancers. The high lights included,
-Safire celebrating her 46th birthday looking as fit as she did at 26.
-Lisette Melendez with her jazzed up “Hot Pants” look and
-Comedian Mark Viera and his perfect rendition of women as “home detectives”
-Lisa, Lisa solo ballad rendition of “All Cried Out.”
-C-Bank return after a twenty year hiatus
“At this point in the game there’s no real market for freestyle on the radio.”
“But fans keep it alive and keep it going. And that’s why we are here 25 years later. I tip my hat to their loyalty, their dedication.”
And its why they continue to tour the country and perform. World Resorts Casino will continue to bring more of these acts over the course of 2015.