UNION — Remember when the radio airwaves carried the smooth, soothing sounds of that great Motown sound? How many of your memories were made to the background music of The Temptations, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson or The Jackson Five? You will be able to relive those days for a couple of hours when the Uniquely Union Festival brings Virginia’s “Masters of Soul” to town to headline the second day of the 2014 festival.
In the early 60s some of the most iconic names in the history of popular music were discovered in the Motor City, also known as Detroit. “Masters of Soul” is a celebration of these artists, their music and their style. The show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed tributes to both male and female groups of the era. The show’s dynamic vocalists are backed by a band of seasoned musicians who have been performing together for decades.
MOS bandleader John Hodges sums up the show in this way.
“Imagine the early years of Motown when all of the great groups and entertainers piled into busses to take their review from town to town. That’s our show. You’ll see tributes to all of the artists who brought that Motown magic to the stage.”
In shows ranging from Georgia to Mexico to Washington State and everywhere in-between “Masters of Soul” has thrilled audiences with tribute performances of The Temptations, The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, The Four Tops and many other artists of that era. And, in addition to these great acts, other artists have been added who were not on the original review tours such as Barry White, Lou Rawls, The O’Jays, Aretha Franklin and Sly and the Family Stone.
“We know that a lot of people in the audience will love the ‘stroll down memory lane’ that our show provides. But we also take a lot of pride in introducing this music to young people for the first time. This high energy show is perfect for all ages,” said Hodges.
The Uniquely Union Festival will present this free concert on the Main Stage Sept. 13, with showtime set to begin at 8:30 p.m.