The Student News Site of Redwood High School

Redwood Bark

Redwood Bark

Redwood Bark

Photo Essay: Boys’ varsity tennis sweeps Archie Williams in MCAL semifinals
Photo Essay: Boys’ varsity tennis sweeps Archie Williams in MCAL semifinals
Molly Gallagher April 18, 2024

On Wednesday, April 17, the boys’ varsity tennis team dominated their match against Archie Williams in the semi-finals of the Marin County...

Photo Essay: Girls’ varsity lacrosse dominates Branson in a sentimental senior day matchup
Photo Essay: Girls’ varsity lacrosse dominates Branson in a sentimental senior day matchup
Emma Rosenberg and Penelope Trott April 18, 2024

On April 18, the girls’ varsity lacrosse team battled against the Branson Bulls in a blowout senior day matchup. Prior to the start of...

 embracing his coach senior Auden Braden celebrates his final MCAL regular season game
Boys’ volleyball dominates Marin Catholic on Senior Night
Richard Byrne April 18, 2024

On April 17th, the boys’ varsity volleyball team faced off against Marin Catholic (MC) in a Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) game. The...

Usher ‘Comes Thru,’ shining on the Super Bowl stage with help from a star-studded cast

What was anticipated to be a jaw-dropping performance by Usher turned into the spotlight being stolen by Alicia Keys. Keys saved the 2024 Super Bowl Halftime show, entering the stage in her sparkling red jumpsuit. 

Leading up to this electrifying moment, the show did not seem to turn any heads. Despite Usher’s knack for producing hit songs, the crowd had yet to hear a single one of them halfway through the concert. The show was looking to be another disappointment; I was ready to transition back to the Super Bowl and could feel that the crowd felt the same way.

Ripping off his shirt, Usher sings “If I Ain’t Got You” harmoniously with Alicia Keys. (Photo courtesy of Variety Magazine)

That was until Usher ripped off his shirt, revealing just a tank top, then later stripped it down to nothing except for his signature “U” flashy diamond chain. The camera then turned to Keys, who awaited him at the piano, playing the opening notes to her song, “If I Ain’t Got You.” He and Keys became a dynamic duo; some viewers even questioned if Keys was still married after sharing electric dance moves with Usher.

 Usher, 45 years of age, left the crowd in awe with his fresh and energetic emotion, proving that he won’t just wow you with his showman-like voice but also with his quick feet. As amusing as it was, nothing beat the moment when Usher rolled out in roller skates to the song “Bad Girl.”

Usher and Lil Jon pay tribute to a deceased band member, leaving his old drum set empty. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

He quickly changed from the shirtless look into a dazzling purple and black motorcycle get-up. After much anticipation, we finally got what we had been waiting for the whole night. As Ludacris strutted onto the stage and Lil Jon appeared next to Usher, the anticipation throughout the performance was finally relieved as the crowd began chanting, “Yeah, yeah, yeah,” through the screen. This banger, “Yeah,” changed the dynamic of the night and left the crowd and people watching from their couches, including myself, exhilarated by the spectacle Usher put on. What initially seemed to be a disappointing half-time show turned into a thrilling hip-hop display, transporting viewers back to the early 2000s.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Mason Garbo
Mason Garbo, Reporter
Mason Garbo is a junior at Redwood High school and is a reporter for the Redwood Bark. He enjoys hanging with friends, basketball and listening to music.