Chris Brown

Tyga, who opened for Brown, started the night off strong with his swinging single “Make it Work.” The good vibes continued as he flowed from one song to the next, including “Versace Versace” and “Dope.”

And while his performance was upbeat and solid, it was distracting that he just couldn’t find the spotlight. His face and body were hardly visible as he walked around in the dark, digital screens playing behind him.

Tyga closed his set and, from a door at the rear of the stage, Brown emerged in dramatic fashion: dressed in black, slowly trudging forward, his body hunkered over slightly.

He opened with the ominous “X.” Wisely, given his unfortunate history, he surrounded himself with athletic male dancers, rather than subservient plaything females. He engaged with them in choreography, or broke out on his own, popping his shoulders while high-stepping in high-top sneakers. Instead of overtly sexual video content, “She Ain’t You” featured Sevyn Streeter, coupled with fog rolling across the stage.

He segued into “Came to Do” and “Love More” before addressing the audience.

“Y’all came here to party tonight, right?” he said. “Can I do my thing, then?”

And if by “do my thing,” he meant giving a captivating performance with just enough stage production to be interesting without being distracting, a back-up dance troupe with an enviable repertoire of moves and an unrelenting energy that had the whole place feeling like a nightclub, then Brown delivered.

He moved through hits such as “Run It,” “Wall to Wall” and “Deuces” before the stage went black and silent around.

Brown disappeared for several seconds before re-emerging for the stripped-down, slow jams portion of the concert.

Brown, dressed in an Army-green vest over a white, sleeveless shirt, wooed the crowd as he sang sultry and sensual songs such as “Take You Down,” “2012” and “Don’t Judge Me.”

The stage went dark again, this time with Tyga re-emerging to rap a few more songs before Brown, back in all black, joined him on stage. The pair sang their collaboration, “Holla at Me,” before continuing on to other collaborations they’d created for their 2015 album, “Fan of a Fan: The Album.”

With all of the energy on stage, the end of the show came rather abruptly – and seemingly too early. After all, Brown had spent little more than an hour on stage, which seems short by today’s standards. He didn’t sing some of the songs in their entirety, so he still was able to move through nearly two dozen numbers.

During Brown’s final lap, an invigorated Tyga returned to trade lines on a spirited “Ayo.”

During a flip of some Fan of a Fan tracks, one familiar “oooweee” shook everything up. It’s no secret Brown has an affinity for the hood, so when Sauce Walka and Sancho Saucy hit the stage for “Legited,” Toyota Center looked in amazement for a moment before joining in.

The show should have ended there, instead of with the mediocre “Loyal.” Songz and Tyga returned for a final curtain call set to confetti cannons.

“Most importantly, make some noise for yourselves,” Brown told the audience around. “I love y’all and I appreciate you coming out.”

A storm of red and white confetti was released, Brown took off his shirt and threw it into the crowd, and then he disappeared.

Jaliyyah Hodge

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