The Get Down: Soul/R&B
This dance party pays homage to the pioneers of R&B featuring:
a principal architect of the Stax/Volt sound.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee on July 16, 1939, singer/composer William Bell would become one of the principal architects of that city’s unmistakable Southern soul sound. Bell began his career in the late 50’s as a member of the vocal group the Del Rios, and soon signed on with the Stax label as a writer. In 1961, he released the classic, heart-wrenching soul ballad “You Don’t Miss Your Water” as his solo debut; it became one of Stax’s first big hits. Throughout a career that has spanned nearly a half-century, Bell’s songs have been recorded by artists from Otis Redding to Billy Idol. More info.
a hard-hitting soul man, writer of “DiscoLady” and “Love-i-tus”.
Hard-hitting soul and funk man Harvey Scales penned the nasty soul classic “Disco Lady,” which went platinum for singer Johnnie Taylor in 1976. The Milwaukee-based singer, producer and composer was signed to Chess Records in the late 60’s with his group Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds. Scales also cut records in the 60’s and 70’s for Stax, Chess’ Cadet imprint, and Casablanca Records. His later, disco-soul recordings are collectors’ favorites.
girl group known as the ‘Harlem Queens’ known for their hit, “Mr. Lee”.
The pre-teen ensemble the Harlem Queens first began singing together in the glee club of New York City’s PS 109 in 1955. By 1957, they’d changed their name to the Bobbettes and become the first female vocal group to earn a top ten R&B hit with the bouncy, upbeat song “Mr. Lee,” on the Atlantic label. Their last charting single was the novelty answer song “I Don’t Like It Like That,” written in response to New Orleanian Chris Kenner’s hit “I Like It Like That.”
authentic, greasy Memphis soul stew w/ Stax Records stars.
Led by bassist and composer Scott Bomar, the Bo-Keys – formed in the early 2000’s – are a hard-hitting soul-jazz ensemble that bring Memphis’ classic, fiery 60’s soul sound to life. Though the group is less than a decade old, their pedigree is wholly authentic. Among the Bo-Keys’ members are legendary guitarist Skip Pitts, famous for the punishing wah-wah guitar on Isaac Hayes’ “Shaft”; keyboardist Archie “Hubie” Turner, a member of the famous Hi Rhythm Section which backed artists like Al Green and Ann Peebles; and trumpeter/vocalist Ben Cauley is a founding member of the Bar-Kays… and the only member of the band to survive the plane crash that took Otis Redding’s life. The veterans play with some of Memphis’ finest young talents, proving beyond doubt that soul crosses generations. More info.
Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 6:30 PM
Dance Lesson at 6:30, Live Music at 7:30 PM
175 West 62nd Street
62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam
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