The Las Vegas Strip’s modern residency era is in full swing. Case in point: R&B legend Keith Sweat begins an extended engagement in the Donny & Marie Showroom at the Flamingo on January 17, a celebration of the 30th anniversary of his triple-platinum debut album Make It Last Forever.
“It’s classic meets classic,” Sweat says of performing center-Strip at the iconic Flamingo. “I’m going in with nothing but positivity. Everyone goes to Vegas, and this allows people from other parts of the country and world to see me without me going overseas to perform.”
Known for hits “I Want Her,” “Nobody,” “Twisted” and many more, Sweat is looking to make his 15 scheduled shows as intimate and unique as possible. “I’ve been coming to Vegas for a long time, but this is the first time I’m doing my own thing in a smaller room,” he says. “This is the type of situation that lets me get closer to the audience. Usually when I’m onstage I want to hear screams during every song. This is more of a lay-back-and-enjoy-yourself situation.”
The 55-year-old Sweat, a New York City native now living in Atlanta, released his 12th studio album, Dress to Impress, last summer. And the singer isn’t ruling out the possibility of a longer Vegas engagement. “You have a whole lot of people going out to Vegas, and there isn’t this type of show happening out there right now,” he says. “Vegas is the place people can go see whoever, whatever, whenever, and there is an audience [for R&B music] that’s underserved.” Keith Sweat: Last Forever at the Flamingo, January 17-February 4.