The Four Tops August 1st
Aug 01, 2017 07:00PM
The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, hard rock, and showtunes. Founded in Detroit, Michigan as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, a cousin of Jackie Wilson and brother of The Falcons' Joe Stubbs), and groupmates Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a single change in personnel. Among a number of groups who helped define the Motown Sound of the 1960s, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and The Supremes, the Four Tops were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer; most groups of the time were fronted by a tenor. The group was the main male vocal group for the songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles, including two Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits: "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and "Reach Out I'll Be There". After Holland-Dozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, the Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilson. When Motown left Detroit in 1972 to move to Los Angeles, California, the Tops stayed in Detroit and moved over to ABC Records, where they continued to have charting singles into the late-1970s. Since the 1980s, the Four Tops have recorded for, at various times, Motown, Casablanca Records and Arista Records. Today, save for Indestructible (owned by Sony Music Entertainment), Universal Music Group controls the rights to their entire post-1963 catalog (through various mergers and acquisitions), as well as their 1956 single, "Could It Be You". A change of line-up was finally forced upon the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20, 1997. The band initially continued as a three-piece under the name The Tops, before Theo Peoples (formerly of The Temptations) was recruited as the new fourth member. Peoples eventually took over the role of lead singer when Stubbs suffered a stroke in 2000 with his position assumed by Ronnie McNeir. On July 1, 2005, Benson died of lung cancer with Payton's son Roquel Payton replacing him. Levi Stubbs died on October 17, 2008. Fakir, McNeir, Payton, and Harold "Spike" Bonhart, who replaced Peoples in 2011, are still performing together as the Four Tops. Fakir is now the only surviving founding member of the original group. http://thefourtops.reverbnation.com/#about This is a rain or shine event. All sales are final.
Spin Doctors August 2nd
Aug 02, 2017 07:00PM
You think you know the Spin Doctors. Think again. When the legendary NewYork quartet release If The River Was Whiskey on May 14th through RufRecords, casual fans will discover the secret past the hardcore have neverforgotten. To the wider world, the Doctors might be the multi-million-sellingicons behind hits like Two Princes and Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong, not tomention the classic Pocket Full Of Kryptonite. But in 2013, Chris Barron(vocals), Aaron Comess (drums), Eric Schenkman (guitar) and Mark White(bass) are reconnecting with the flat-broke twenty-somethings who scrapedfor dollars at the sharp end of the Big Apple blues circuit. The Spin Doctorshave come full-circle. “We were four guys in our twenties,” remembers Aaron of early daysin the late-’80s, “and our goal was to write our own songs and make a livingdoing it. The blues is such a big part of our roots, but one of the reasons wecame up with such a big catalogue of blues songs back then is that we’d playthese downtown blues bars in New York. You were supposed to play bluescovers… but we were actually playing our own songs!” We all know what happened next: the hits, the hysteria, the fame andthe money (“When were selling 50,000 records a week,” remembers Chris ofthe band’s explosion circa 1992, “I’d walk into a mall to buy underwear and300 kids would surround me!”). If The River Was Whiskey hits rewind. It’s thedeep-blues album the Spin Doctors almost made before megastardom cameknocking. It finally bottles those near-mythical songs from that sweatboxcircuit. It’s simultaneously a tipped hat to the band’s lost past and the freshestrecord you’ll hear all year. “Every note feels dangerous,” smiles Chris. “It’sjust like this ramshackle, broken carriage running down a cobblestone hill,with pots and pans, and a screaming baby…” The concept to revisit these songs struck as the Spin Doctors touredEurope to toast the 20th anniversary of Pocket Full Of Kryptonite, and polledüber-fans David Landsburger and Daniel Heinze on what they’d like to hearas the encore that night. Their answer – So Bad – was a song so old that Chrishad almost forgotten the verses, but when the venue exploded, a lightbulb litover the band’s heads. “We had such a good time playing these tunes,” thesinger explains, “that we thought, ‘We should go make a record of this stuff’.It’s really brought us back as a band, musically and interpersonally.”The songs on If The River Was Whiskey are different vintages. “SomeOther Man Instead and the title track, I wrote those lyrics in the last year ortwo,” explains Chris. “But Sweetest Portion, I wrote that song when I was 19.I’d run away from home, and when I got back, my friends were really upsetand there was a rumour going around that I had died. So I wrote that song –and I’m not sure if I’ve ever written a better one since.”The material might be a quarter-century in the making, but If The RiverWas Whiskey took just three days to record when the four members convenedlast summer in New York. The original plan was to get together at Aaron’sHis House Studios in Manhattan and work up some demos – no pressure –before heading upstate to a boutique analogue facility and start tracking inearnest. “We didn’t expect to make a record,” smiles Eric. “We were justgoing to make a demo and play at the Rockwood. And then, lo and behold…”Instead, without the pressure of the red light, the sessions began tounfold with an effortless magic. “We just kinda winged it, man,”says Mark.This album sounds exactly the same as it does onstage, because we recordedit live, which is the way it should be done. There’s no overdubs. Anybodythat tried to do an overdub was gonna get whacked!” “We really kinda fooled ourselves and tricked ourselves, and I thinkthat’s one of the reasons why it sounds so fresh,” picks up Aaron. “Becausethere was absolutely no pressure on us of any kind. We just hit a moment.Everything came together and we got this great record. Usually, the bestthings happen when you’re not trying… and that’s what happened here.”The band quickly realized the supposed rough-cuts captured byengineering ace Roman Klun couldn’t be topped. “By the third day,” reflectsChris, “we’d recorded all ten of the demos. We went out to dinner that night,we were all having a cocktail, and someone was like, ‘Gentlemen, I believeour demo is a record’. And we all just laughed.”Take a spin of If The River Was Whiskey and you’d have to agree: theyaced it. The Spin Doctors might have given you the soundtrack to the bestnights of the ’90s, but with this new album, they’ve rediscovered a strand oftheir musical DNA that melds perfectly with the hits you know and love. “It’sbeen so refreshing to go back to this material,” says Aaron. “It’s just broughteverything that’s good about the band out again. I can honestly say that we’replaying better than ever right now, and I think a lot of that is because of thematerial on this record: it’s just really opened things up. Some bands, you goand see them 25 years later and they’re up there going through the motions.But to me, we sound better than ever. We sound world-class now, I think.”“We play about four or five tunes a night from this new album andthey all work,” says Eric. “It just feels seamless, like any of the new tunes cansit with any one of the Kryptonite songs. And the band is just playing amazingnow. It’s a pleasure to play with people that you’ve been playing with solong… and everybody’s still breathing!” Likewise, when If The River Was Whiskey arrives on May 14th it’ll be apleasure to toast the return of the Spin Doctors, and a new album set to scorenew fans while making the hardcore love them more than ever. “I don’t careabout sales, man,” states Chris, honestly. “I mean, it’d be awesome if it soldmillions of copies, but honest to God, I just want to keep making a livingplaying music. We get up onstage and we turn it on, and sing and play ourhearts out. And that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do: just make real music, givepeople something from my heart.” This is a rain or shine event. All sales are final. https://www.facebook.com/spindoctorsband/
Bruce in the USA, A Bruce Springsteen Tribute August 3rd
Aug 03, 2017 07:00PM
Bruce In The USA is much more than just another tribute…This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show. Matt Ryan, from the World Famous “Legends In Concert” cast, began playing the Springsteen character in 2000, in Legends “full scale” Las Vegas show. The great success in the famous Las Vegas show brought him to performances across the world, eventually evolving his character into the Bruce In The USA show. The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned world class professional musicians. The show has hosted musicians from such acts/bands as Queen/Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall and Oats, Joe Cocker, The Ojays, Aretha Franklin, David Cassidy, The Temptations, Slash… and so many more.This high end, powerhouse, band has taken this genre of performance art to a whole new level, making it the World’s #1 Tribute to the E Street Band’s musical legacy. To millions of diehard fans around the world, it’s Springsteen’s marathon, party-like performances that have elevated him to hero status. Bruce’s legendary concerts (in the largest arenas) sell-out within hours of their announced sale. For those even lucky enough to get a ticket, there was nothing that could fill the aching void in between Bruce’s long-awaited tours…until now…. The Bruce In The USA show was born on the Las Vegas Strip in the winter of 2004, with its debut at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, in the majestic “V Theatre”. The show assaulted the senses in a fun-filled and exciting party atmosphere on the Vegas Strip, while suspending disbelief for even the toughest skeptics. They’ve been met with critical acclaim, from the Stone Pony, large theaters, and Performance Art Centers across the country, as well as corporate events spanning across the globe for over a decade. Sell out crowds are on their feet from the first song to the last. http://www.bruceintheusa.com/bruce-in-the-usa-live/# $15 in Advance, $20 at the door • Event is rain or shine. No refunds unless show is cancelled by CBRS.• No umbrellas are allowed inside the venue.• No outside food or drink allowed inside the venue.• Children age 3 and under are free with ticketed adult.• Seating is first come, first serve general admission.• Group seating is not guaranteed together.