~ San Diego Soul Music Festival had the crowd dancing in their seats.
The memorable melodies of the late 1970s started off the night with Northern California six-part band, Con Funk Shun.From their start through the late 1980s, this group had earned 4 consecutive gold and 1 platinum album, including 20 hits singles, eight Top 10 R&B Hits and one #1 R&B single “Ffun” Other poplar hit songs , Sho' Feels Good To Me “Too Tight” and Love’s Train” and “Marry Me Again”. As of late, the band is currently recording a new album “SOUND OF GROWN MEN”.
Next on the bill for the night was Johnny Gill. Johnny Gill was recruited to join the platinum selling group New Edition in 1987 after Bobby Brown was said to be voted out of the group. New Edition’s 1987 Album Heart Break would feature a few hit singles including “Can you stand the Rain” and “If It Isn't Love .” Over time many New Edition members ventured out on solo projects and three joined forces as Bel Biv Devoe. Johnny Gill went on to release his self-titled solo album “Johnny Gill” in 1990. The album quickly took off reaching Number 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 R&B Album and Top 10 Pop Album. Gill’s signature ballad “My, My, My” rapidly reached number 1 on the R&B and Pop single Charts.
Sweet Sensation and former Broadway star, Stephanie Mills supported the night with her power house vocals. Stephanie Mills was cast to play Dorthy in the Broadway play “The Wiz”. There is still much debate as to whether she should have been cast in the big screen adaptation of the same name. Listen to the song “Home” to hear her vocal range and clarity
The night’s DJ had the crowd up dancing to a string of 60s and 70s Soul & R&B hits while the stage crew tackled some technical difficulties and set up issues. Some of these hits included Cherrell’s Saturday Love and Sugar Hill Gang’s Rappers Delight. Close to Midnight The Whispers finally took the stage ready to play their hit songs Rock Steady and the catchy beat of “and the beat goes on”.
Catch The Whispers on the following dates:
• May 2 Atlanta, Ga Wolf Creek
• May 9 Westury, NY Westbury Theatre in the Round
• May 09 Washington, DC Constitution Hall
• May 10 Newark, NJ Symphony Hall
• June 06 Brooks, CA Cache Creek
• October 10 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
• October 11 Alexandria, VA Birchmere