Every music fan dreams of being called up onto the stage at a concert to sing alongside their favorite vocalist, and, in a carefree moment, lift their elbows in rhythm. Be free with this GrouponLive deal to see Super Soul Fest 2013 at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. For $25, you get one G-Pass for main floor seating on Saturday, July 13, at 8 p.m. (up to a $54.05 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
Before she was at the top of the R&B charts, performing on Top of the Pops, and fueling Soul Train with her steamy voice, Melba Moore was used to making history. When the Tony Award-winning singer and actress snagged a major role in Hair, she became the first African-American to replace a white actress (Diane Keaton, nonetheless), and later became the first (and last) African-American to play “Fantine” in Les Miserable. But her love of music couldn’t be contained by Broadway. As she moved into a recording career, her debut album I Got Love landed a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist.” Moore filled the next decades with hits such as “This is It,” “You Stepped Into My Life,” “Falling,” and the elegant slow-jam classic “Lean on Me,” which addressed the traumatic chair drought of the ‘70s. Today, Moore continues to show off her prize-winning pipes in a set of her biggest heartbreaking ballads and funky hits.
Melba Moore – “Love Is”
Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes
Sharply dressed fellas decked out in matching suits, hot-stepping in synchronicity, and singing in celestial harmony about the ways of love—such is the old-school vision that Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes seeks to bring back to the stage for a night of vintage Philadelphia soul. The honey-voiced quartet carries on the legacies of bellowing soul men Harold Melvin and Teddy Pendergrass with a flair for showmanship and vocal accord. Featuring the warm baritone of Donnell “Big Daddy” Gillespie and the tender tenor of Rufus “Fuss” Thorne, the group salutes their namesake with ballads such as “The Love I Lost,” “Wake Up Everybody,” and the disco-era staple “Don’t Leave Me This Way.”
Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes – “Wake Up Everybody” (Live 2008)
Without the early success of The Intruders, “The Sound of Philadelphia” might have never made it past the city limits. The influential group, which fused doo-wop, gospel, and funky horns, helped lay the blueprint of that soulful music with early parenthetical hits such as “(We’ll Be) United” and “(Love Is Like A) Baseball Game,” and the crossover classic “Cowboys to Girls,” which simultaneously scored on both the pop and R&B charts. Singing hits penned by the famed songwriting team of Gamble and Huff – the duo that created “Love Train” and “Ooh Child” – The Intruders helped convince industry moguls that their sweet sound should be spread across the nation. In a live show packed with snaps, swerves, and harmonies that make even the hairless flock to barber shops, The Intruders exude joy throughout their smooth, suited-up performance.
The Intruders – “Together” (Live 2012)
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