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Last Fall we moved our Bands + Brews Sessions from their industrial summer home in Sunset Park into the warm and inviting Brooklyn venue, The Bell House. Rapper OnCue, pop singer Kayla Brianna, and R&B superstar, Mario set the 100% SOLD OUT space ablaze with intimate and wonderfully unique performances.

Closing out the Bands + Brews that evening, R&B legend Mario brought some serious heat to the stage. Set to return from a 7-year hiatus with his fifth studio album, Paradise Cove, later this year, things got seriously steamy...just in time for Valentines Day, no less. If his forthcoming album is anything like this performance, expect some of the most unique, vulnerable, and unrestrained material to date. Here Mario croons to his adoring fans, weaving emotional new tracks like "Let Me Help You" with past hits like "Let Me Love You," "Break Up" and "How Do I Breathe?". Yes, the art of seduction is pulsing through this concert. As his set went on, he would end up shirtless and grabbing the arms of all the googly-eyed women in the crowd. I think the kids call this "Lit", yes? Either way, give it a spin...although you may need a splash of cold water to the face after seeing this one.

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probably don't need to introduce, you all know who you're here to see.
So, give it up for Mario.
Day coming That you would never want to leave me
Baby, you told me no matter what your heart
Would always be for me Always be for me, yeah, baby
Now I'm all alone Said she want to be ghost, yeah
I don't really like it But I got to take it
Damn, damn, damn, girl When you coming back?
So you never coming back? Yeah I, I don't believe that
But right now I got to accept the fact that you left me for somebody else now
I wish I never loved you You left me, baby, you left me
Girl, I can't stop thinking about you You left me for somebody else, girl
Girl, I wish I never met you, oh You left me, baby, you left me
Because I wouldn't be alone Girl, your beauty
You made me feel like you were my everything
Made me think you was worth it, oh
Yeah, I got issues Like you were any better
You said you would always be there But I just lost my girl
Now I'm all alone Said she want to be ghost, yeah
I don't really like it, but I got to take it
Damn, damn, damn, girl
Baby, when you coming back? So you never coming back?
Yeah, I, baby, I don't believe that Oh, baby
But you left me for somebody else now
I wish I never loved you You left me, baby, you left me
Girl, I can't stop thinking about you You left me for somebody else, girl
Girl, I wish I never met you You left me, baby, you left me
Because, girl, I wouldn't be alone
- New York City, y'all put your hands in the air with us.
I want to know your name and I want to know if you got a man
I want to know I want to know everything
I want to know your number and if I can come over
I want to know what you like I want to know so I can do it all night
But you're telling me I'm just a friend You're telling me I'm just a friend
Hey Oh, baby, you, oh, baby, you
Give me one reason why you wouldn't want this kind of guy
Come on Guy
Because I stay laced And I know you know I'm fly
Girl, stop playing games with me And let's get it on tonight
You got nothing to lose Let me do what I do
Oh, baby, you Got what I need
Got what I need, yeah But you say I'm just a friend, say I'm,
say I'm just a friend, baby But you say I'm just a friend
'Cause I can be your fantasy Can be your fantasy
But you say I'm just a friend Say I'm
But you say I'm just a friend Come here, oh, baby
Oh, baby, you got what I need Got what I need
But you say I'm just a friend But you say I'm just a friend
'Cause I can be your fantasy Just wanna be your
But you say I'm just a friend But you say I'm just a friend
You can call me anytime you like It doesn't matter day or night
We can do whatever you want to do It's up to you
Don't fight the feeling that you feel I can tell that it's real
Baby So won't you help me understand
Oh, baby, you, you got what I need You got what I
But you say I'm just a friend But you say I'm
Telling me I'm just a friend I want to be your fantasy, baby
I don't want to be friends no more Oh, baby, oh, baby, baby, no
I don't want to be your friend no more No more
New York City.
Day one Mario fans in the building, let me all hear you sing this with me.
How do I breathe?
Yeah How do I breathe?
Feels so different being here I was so used to being next to you
Life for me is not the same But there's no one to turn to
I don't know why I let it go too far Starting over is so hard
Seems like everywhere I try to go I keep thinking of you
I just had a wakeup call, call Wishing that I never let you fall, fall
Baby, you were not to blame at all
When I'm the one that pushed you away Baby if you knew I care, care
You would have never went nowhere, nowhere
Girl, I should have been right there How do I breathe
Without you here by my side? How will I see?
When your love brought me to the light Where do I go?
When your heart's where I lay my head When you're not with me
How do I breathe? Yeah How do I breathe?
Girl, I'm losing my mind Yes, I made a mistake
I thought that you would be mine I guess the joke was on me
I miss you so bad I can't sleep I wish I knew where you could be
Another dude is replacing me God, this can't be happening, no
I just had a wakeup call, call Wishing that I never let you fall, fall
Baby, you are not to blame at all When I'm the one that pushed you away
Baby, if you knew I care, care You would've never went nowhere, nowhere
Girl, I should have been right there
New York City, what's up, what's up? Come on.
How do I breathe Without you here by my side?
How will I see? When your love brought me to the light
to the light Where do I go?
When your heart's where I lay my head When you're not with me
How do I breathe? How do I breathe?
You all been waiting on some new music.
Everybody excited about this one.
Let me feel it real quick.
Let me see, let me see, let me see - Yeah.
Yeah.
Listen.
Girl I know you've got weight on your shoulders
And I can tell that it's pushing you lower
You got me sitting right here
But you'd rather struggle So your conscious remains clear
'Cause you don't want to owe nobody, nobody
But, girl, I want some of your body, your body
Tell me what I got to do to show you that I'm different
And whatever I give to you don't come with no conditions
Girl, let me help you I know you can do it on your own
But let me help you Give me a try, girl, you never know
Let me help you, help you, help you You don't have to love on your own
Just let me know when you want me to come over, huh
Because I can tell that you need someone there to hold you
But see, but see I don't want to hear the truth so I'm
going to wait till you ask me But, baby, soon as you do I'm a be over
there to set your body free Because you don't want to owe nobody
nobody But, girl, I want some of your body
Your body Tell me what I got to do to show you
that I'm different Whatever I give to you don't come with
no conditions Girl, let me help you
I know you can do it on your own But let me help you
Give me a try, yeah, you never know Let me help you, help you, help you
You don't have to love on your own Listen, whatever you need, girl, I got
it, I'm here to fill your desires Heating things up like a fire
Baby, you is all I require No hidden agendas, no way
Baby, I'm in the open So let me help you, help you
Girl, let me help you I know you can do it on your own
But let me
Hey, can you all sing this with me? Give me a try, yeah, you never know Let me help you, help you, help you
We're going to do this one more time.
sing this with me one time? This is my first time performing this record.
So I want you all to rock with me.
It goes like this.
We'll start on the right side.
Is this is my favorite side right here? Girl, let me help you
I know you can do it on your own But let me help you
Give me a try, yeah, you never know Let me help you, help you, help you
You don't have to love on your own Let me
Okay.
So you all got the "help you" part, right? So, in the middle, I want to see if you all caught off of what I was doing over there, see how good...see if this is going to be my favorite side right here.
We going to do it like this.
I'll give you all some time to catch the beat.
Okay? Here we go.
Here we go.
Listen.
Girl, let me help you
I know you could do it on your own But let me
- Help you - Woo, give me a try, yeah, you never
know, let me help you, help you, help you
You don't have to love on your own
Let me - Help you
- Huh? I know you could do
- it on your own
- Woo, come on.
Let me help you, help you, help you
Okay.
Left side.
Now I need you all to show off one time for me.
We got any West-Endies in the building right now? So I know you all feeling this vibe right here.
Listen.
Look.
Girl, let me help you I know you can do it on your own
But let me help you Give me a try, yeah, you never know
Let me help you, help you, help you
What? You don't have to love on your own Let me
Come on.
Everybody.
I know you can do it
- on your own.
Let me help you, help you, help you - Girl, you never know Let me help you, help you, help you
You all feeling good so - One, two, three, four.
Yeah, Polow da Don.
- Listen, can I talk to you, baby?
- Let's go, Mario.
- It's like you caught up in a maze You keep on going in circles, girl,
You're trying to find your way out But it's time I put on my cape and
Put that S on my chest Because I want to come on to you
But I'm stuck in the middle of
I know when you love him You want to make it work
But I can't help but think that I've known you first
It's getting louder, girl Can't ignore it no more
I can hear your heart crying out for me I can hear your heart
And what is it saying, baby Crying out for me, girl
And it keeps on saying Come on in, come on in, come on in and
save me I can still save you
Come on in, come on in, come on in and save me
I can hear your heart crying out for me, yeah
Baby, I should've never caught no feelings
But, baby, having late night conversions on
your sofa You tell me how he played you out over
and over Over and over
But I'm stuck in the middle of seeing you hurt
I know that you love him And you want to make it work
But I can't help but think that I've known you first
What? Say yes I can hear your heart
One more time, hey Crying out for me
Crying out for me, oh, yeah I can hear your heart crying out
for me, girl And, girl, it's saying
Come on in, come on in, come on in and save me
Girl, it's saying come on in, come on in, come on in and save me
I said I can hear your heart crying out for me, sing it
I don't want to confuse things, no But I just can't keep lying to myself
When you're holding me When you're holding me
See, I can feel your pain Oh, baby, let me be your dream
I'm the answer, come see me, baby See me
And you don't have to cry You ain't got to cry no more
Girl, baby Baby, it's near me, yeah
I can hear your heart Can hear you crying
Hands in the air from side to side.
Let's go.
I can hear your heart crying, sing it with me, out for me
I can hear your heart Girl, it's saying
crying out for me And, girl, it's saying
Come on in, come on in, come on in and save me
Save me, baby
Come on in, come on in, come on in and save me
I can hear your heart crying out for me, baby
Hear it cry, yeah, for me, for me, for me, for me
Listen.
Ladies, put your hands in the air.
Ladies, put your hands in the air, baby.
Hands up, let's go.
Baby It's crying for me
It's crying for me
Yeah.
Listen.
Baby, I just don't get it Do you enjoy being hurt?
I know you smelled the perfume The make-up on his shirt
You don't believe his stories You know that they're all lies
Bad as you are, you stick around And I just don't know why
If I was your man, what? You'd never worry about
I'd be coming home, back to you Every night, doing you right
You're the type of woman Fist full of diamonds
Baby, you're a star, and I just want to show you, you are
You should let me love you Let me be the one to
To give you everything you want and need
Ladies sing, baby, good love, yeah.
Baby, good love and protection Make me your selection
Show you the way love's supposed to be Sing it with me, yeah
You should let me love you, love you, love you
Love you, yeah Now listen
Your true beauty's description Looks so good that it hurts
You're a dime plus Everywhere you go they stop and stare
Because you're bad and it shows from your head to your toes, baby, you know
If I was ya man, baby, you'd Never worry about what I do
I'd be coming home back to you Every night, doing you right
You're the type of woman Deserves good things
Fist full of diamonds Hand full of rings
Baby, if you know you're a star, let me hear you sing it with me one time.
You should let me love you
Let me be the one to Give you everything you want and need
Ooh, baby, give love and protection Make me your selection
Show you the way love's supposed to be Baby, you should let me,
baby You deserve better girl, you know you
deserve better We should be together, girl, baby, ooh
With me and you it's whatever, girl, hey So can we make this thing ours?
Baby, you should let me love you Let me be the one to
Give, I said everything you need Good love and protection
Said everything, make me your selection Will you take me by the hand
Show you the way love's supposed to be Baby, you should let me love you
Let me be the one to Give you everything you want and need
Said good love and protection Make me your selection
Show you the way love's supposed to be
Hands in the air.
You should let me love you To let me be the one to
To give you everything you want and need Ooh, baby
Good love and protection, protection Make me your selection, selection
Show you the way love's supposed to be
Come on, baby, you should let me love you
Let me be the one to give you every
- Thing you want and need
- Baby, good love and protection, baby Make me your selection
Show you the way love's supposed to be You should let me love you
Everybody sing.
You should let me
Let me be the one To give you everything
Just want to give to you, baby, Give love and protection
Make me your Show you the way love's supposed to be
Baby, you should let me love, love, love you, love you, love you,
love you That's right
I just need to touch you, baby You just need me to be that
Good love and protection Just want to be your
Where are all my sexy ladies in the building tonight? Listen.
No shit.
Girl, turn me up And let me come through your speakers
Blow the sound out of your tweeters Because, baby girl, this is the music
for love Shawty, don't be scared
Just let the bassline hit you Boom, boom, all up in your system
Because, baby girl, this is the music for love
Girl, let my frequency just flow through your body
Get this party started because baby, baby, oh
Girl, this is the music for love Put me on repeat, girl
Let's go again and again No matter AM or FM
Because, baby girl, this is the music for love
Wow, we can play the music loud Whenever nobody's around
Because if the sound, it starts to wake up the neighbors
We going to have to turn it down I'm about to have a real eruption
There's going to be no interruptions But, baby, come push my buttons
I'll show you all my functions Press play and let me start
Fast-forward to your favorite part After we done, hit rewind
We'll go back to the top Girl, turn me up
And let me come through your speakers Blow the sound out of your tweeters
Because, baby girl, this is the music for love
Shawty, don't be scared Just let the bassline hit you
Boom, boom, all up in your system Because, baby girl, this is the music
for love Girl, let my frequency just flow through
your body, get this party started because, baby, baby
Girl, this is the music for love
If you know the words, Put me on repeat, girl
Let's go again and again No matter AM or FM
Because, baby girl, this is the music for love
Sing it I'll keep you moving your body
I'll be the DJ that turns this private party out, baby
I'll play your favorite song From my iTunes to your iPod, girl
Girl, I know how to put it on Computer love
And we'll do this all night long Just as long as you sing in my
microphone
Oh, you ain't gotta worry about parental advisory
Because, girl, we're grown And the music we're making
Baby, we're making for love Girl, turn me up
And let me come through your speakers I just want to, baby
Blow the sound out of your tweeters Because, baby girl, this is the music
for love Shawty, don't be scared
Just let the bassline hit you Boom, boom, all up in your system
Because, baby girl, this is the music for love
Girl, let my frequency just flow through your body
Let's get this party started because, baby, baby girl, this is the music
for love
Put me on repeat, girl Let's go again and again
No matter AM or FM Because baby girl, this is the music
for love Request me on the hotline, yeah
Tell the DJ to play it all night, girl When you call let me hear what you sound
like Girl, we in heavy rotation
Girl, I'll be all on your station Let me know
Request me on the hotline, yeah Tell the DJ to play it all night, girl
When you call let me hear what you sound like, girl
Hands in the air, from the South Side, let's go.
Girl, turn me up And let me come through your speakers
Blow the sound out of your tweeters Because, baby girl, this is the music
for love Shawty, don't be scared
Just let the bassline hit you Bassline hit you, baby
Boom, boom, all up in your system Because baby, this is the music for love
Girl, let my frequency just flow through your body
Get this party started Because baby, baby
Girl, this is the music for love Put me on repeat, girl
Let's go again and again No matter AM or FM
Because, baby girl, this is the music for love
Request me on the hotline, yeah Tell the DJ to play it all night,
girl Baby girl, yeah
Just want to play some music for love New York City, make some noise, watch out Now, New York City, you know when we come here, man, we got to close out big.
You know we got to close this thing out big.
All the fans in here who haven't seen me perform in a minute, thank you all for coming out.
It's a battle tonight.
Now, we did record the show, so I need you all to turn up super crazy on this next one right here.
What we doing? can love you anymore.
- When I kiss you so good Why would you want to break up?
When this loving is so good Why would you want to break up?
When I hit that so good Why would you want to break up?
When this feeling is so good
Hands in the motherfucking air.
Why would you want to break up? Loving you, loving you, loving you
When I'm when I'm loving you, loving you Why would you want to break up?
Do anything for you Why would you want to break up?
See, I been driving through your hood Why would you want to break up?
Now baby girl had dumped me, she no longer wants me
I'm no longer hired, she said that I've been fired
On to the next one, more fish in the sea Girls are like busses, miss one,
next 15 one coming, yeah Gucci bag crazy and his ice game
stunting
Swag so stupid, still the bitch straight dumped me
Over, no more smokin' doja Baby girl went AWOL, she used to be my
soulja Don't, don't I lace you with the Gucci?
Don't, don't I deck you in the Louis? Don't, don't I make your earlobe freeze?
Don't, when I dive, I dive deep? I know I be gone
I know I be gone I know I be flirting with the girls
I know I be saying I'll be right back, but take too long
I know I be saying I'll be faithful, but I don't
I know I be Making you them promises
But breaking your heart again Telling you she wasn't who she was and
we arguing But baby
I love you
Hands in the air.
Loving you, hey, loving you, hey, loving you, hey
When I'm when I'm loving you, loving you Why would you want to break up?
When this loving is so good Why would you want to break up?
See, I be driving through your hood Why would you want to break up?
Baby girl, when I'm loving you, loving you, loving you
When I'm when I'm loving you, loving you Why would you want to break up?
Do anything for you Why would you want to break up?
See, I be driving through your hood Why would you want to break up?
I said you might be familiar, but to me, you're a
model Everything that I have ever seen in a
model If you leaving, baby, don't leave me
till tomorrow Tonight we gone get a little tipsy with
a bottle You gone get me up
I'mma take em down I'mma change my ways
We might work it out Girl, I wouldn't be the same if you was
with somebody else Girl, it wouldn't be the same if I was
with somebody else I know I made mistakes before
Promise you won't get hurt no more I got what you like and you know once
you lay that ass down, hey Loving you, loving you, loving you
When I'm when I'm loving you, loving you Why would you want to break up?
Do anything for you Why would you want to break up?
See, I be driving through your hood Why would you want to break up?
When I'm, when I'm loving you, loving you, loving you
When I'm when I'm loving you, loving you Why would you want to break up?
Do anything for you Why would you want to break up?
See, I be driving through your hood Why would you want to break up?
Where are all my single ladies at up in this motherfucker? Hands in the air, what's up? Hey, back, back, back, back When I'm, when I'm loving you, loving you
When I'm when I'm loving you, loving you When I get up in here loving you
Tell me, baby, baby Loving you, loving you, loving you
When I'm, when I'm Baby, when I'm
Tell me why does it hurt for you When I'm, when I'm getting down in you
When I'm loving you, loving you When I'm, when I'm loving you,
loving you
Tell me how will he bring it Tell me, baby
New York City, thank you all for having me tonight.
I love you all so much.
Thank you all for coming here.
You guys are great.

Artist Bio

Mario Dewar Barrett (born August 27, 1986), known mononymously as Mario, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, actor, dancer and model. He is known for his singles "Just a Friend 2002" (2002) and "Let Me Love You" (2004), which won him two Billboard awards, as well as for appearing in the films Step Up and Freedom Writers. He has released four studio albums: Mario (2002), Turning Point (2004), Go (2007), and D.N.A. (2009). At the end of the 2000s decade, Mario was ranked by Billboard #98 on their "Artist of the Decade" list.

Mario grew up in Baltimore and other working-class neighborhoods in Baltimore County, Maryland. He lived with his grandmother, who raised him while his single mother struggled with a drug addiction. Mario said at the age of four that he wanted to become a singer. His mother supported his dream and bought him a karaoke machine. Mario joined a musical group in Milford Mill Academy with the oldest son of comedienne Mo'Nique and best friend Jaye Brebnor and also his younger god sister Chea Tyler. Barrett learned to play the piano and used that skill as the basis for his melodies and songs. He was discovered at age eleven and signed by producer Troy Patterson, after singing "I'll Make Love to You" at a Coppin State College talent show. Mario attended Milford Mill Academy up until the tenth grade where he was inspired by his music teacher, during his early teen years, and was offered a record deal at the age of fourteen, signing with Clive Davis' J Records. His musical influences include Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, Brian McKnight, Boyz II Men, Usher, and Joe. His first introduction to the music industry was the Dr. Dolittle 2 movie soundtrack in 2001. He sang a captivating performance of the Stevie Wonder classic "You and I" at Clive's Grammy party in 2002, and began recording an album.

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