Shadows of the 60’s, a group of singers and musicians, will pay homage to the Four Tops at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock.
The concert is the final On Stage performance of the 2016-17 Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts season.
“The Four Tops repertoire is extensive and includes such lively songs as ‘Bernadette,’ ‘Can’t Help Myself,’ ‘Reach Out,’ ‘Ask the Lonely,’ ‘Same Old Song,’ ‘Shake Me Wake Me’ and ‘Just Walk Away Renee,’” said president Peggy Stalnaker. “It’s a show for all ages, with an emphasis on audience participation, so there could be some surprises.”
With vocal, visual and sound replication of the Motown super group, the tribute ensemble will deliver “a party as well as a show.” The group is the creative concoction of Dave Revels, formerly of the Drifters and arranger/producer of the a cappella group, The Persuasions.
The familiar choreography of the Four Tops, enhanced by several lavish costume changes throughout the duration of the performance, will be part and parcel of the Four Tops celebration and may include additional Motown tributes.
Instead of the Andantes, the original women’s back up chorus so prevalent in the Motown sound of Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Jackie Wilson and the Temptations, the Shadows of the 60’s will import their own women’s back-up singers, The Beehives.
Considered by many the best male vocal group and lead singer (Levi Stubbs) ever produced by Motown, The Four Tops hold the distinction of being the longest-lived group in rock/soul history—41 years—without personnel change, 1956-1997.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, if available. Advance tickets can be purchased at Rappahannockfoundation.org, or 438-5555.
The concert sponsor is Tri-Star Supermarket, Inc. The season sponsor is Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Investment Group. Additional funding for the performance has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.