New Yorkers were treated to a surprise on Wednesday night when Justin Timberlake gave a free concert at Southern Hospitality BBQ in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Timberlake put New Yorkers on alert via Tweet, saying, "NYC!!! Wanna check out some live music tonight?? Meet me and @freesol at 45th & 9th at 11pm. #bbqnyc #youdontwanttomissthis."
The impromptu concert got going at 11 p.m., but the bar-restaurant was already filled to capacity by 9, with stars brushing up against lucky Timberlake fans, and a growing crowd gathered outside, hoping to catch a glimpse of the singer-turned-actor.
Timberlake, 30, who's currently riding high with his hit romcom Friends with Benefits, took to the stage with the rock/hip-hop band FreeSol to perform some new songs, as well as an a capella version of "What Goes Around ... Comes Around".
Newlywed Kim Kardashian, back in New York after a brief honeymoon in Italy, arrived with husband Kris Humphries and sister Khloe Kardashian in tow. Timberlake's co-star in the upcoming sci-fi thriller In Time, Amanda Seyfried, also showed up to watch the JT performance.
If you live in the New York area but missed Timberlake's mini-concert, no worries: he is giving another free concert tonight, which he twittered about last week: "Free show from @freesol on 9/1 at Irving Plaza in NYC. Must be 21+. Only 500 get in so come early...see you there."
So why all the free performances? Timberlake is promoting FreeSol, because his label Tennman Records produced the hip-hop band's debut album, which streets in October.
There's still time, New Yorkers. Go get in line at Irving Plaza now!