Interaction: Alicia Keys got the crowd shouting out “call me” meaning her lover should buy her a ring.
Interaction: Alicia Keys got the crowd shouting out “call me” meaning her lover should buy her a ring.
After two days of downpours at the National Centre, it's as if God decided that there would be no raining on Keys' parade.

From the very first beat Alicia Keys rocked the house with an energy that rivalled Beyonce's from Thursday night.

Keys, in a black sequined, lacy dress, black shiny leggings and boots, had the usually staid Bermuda crowd on its feet dancing.

Concert goers couldn't rush the stage because of the phalanx of security guards keeping people back, but they did push forward as far as they could before being dispatched and scattered to their seats.

Keys bounced back and forth across the stage, her ponytail bobbing, sweat dripping down the sides of her face as she sang her 90-minute set.

During some of her songs she was seated at the piano or keyboards, allowing her to catch her breath, before she was back on her high-heeled boots commanding the stage.

Her performance was laden with her standards, but some songs were not as well-known. Her set included Superwoman, You don't know my name, Teenage Love Affair, Karma, Like You'll Never See Me Again, A Woman's Worth, Heartburn, Go Ahead, Fallin,

No One.

Audience participation

Keys was not afraid of a little audience participation either. She got the crowd involved when she sang Prince's How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore? Getting them to shout out 'call me" to get her forlorn lover to give her a ring (and we're not talking about the $5 million one Beyonce was supporting on her left hand). While the words can seem a bit pathetic, Keys put a twist on it at the end by saying she didn't need him to call.

Which was fitting considering the empowering Superwoman and knowing what her value is in A Woman's Worth.

Karma's Latin-based fusion was well-received as members of her band got to show off for the crowd.

Brilliant until the end

She finished up with her smash Fallin before coming back on with No One as her encore. Many in the crowd made a beeline for the parking lot to avoid the rush when it was evident that Fallin was going to be her swan song - and it's too bad that they did. Even at the end Keys was still brilliant, giving it her all.

The tone was set earlier in the evening with Aaron Neville. He ran through a myriad of hits that the older generation could mellow out to in their seats with his brother Charles taking several long solos on the saxophone. Neville performed his Grammy Award winning songs, including 1989's Don't Know Much.

Bermuda's version of the three divas - Larita Adderly, Aimee Bento and Twanee Butterfield - also had their turn on the main stage.

The trio spent a good 30-minutes singing standards with each one taking the lead while the other two content to sing backup.

The night's revelation was Lauren 'Bunni' Easton on the Onion Stage. The quiet 16-year-old came across with a smoky jazz voice that helped the lead-in to Aaron Neville.

Easton's talent was exposed to the 7,000 strong crowd and one could see she has a real future as a singer.