Without music, concerts wouldn't exist and funk would just be the smell emanating from an old sock filled with corn. Lend an ear to this GrouponLive deal to see the Doo Wop Legends Tour at the Marquis Theatre in Northville. For $12, you get one general-admission ticket to the performance on Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m. (a $25 value).
The Shades of Blue, a quartet of Motown veterans, build upon their 46-year history at each stop of their nationwide tour. The group reassembled in the early 2000s after surviving a series of lineup changes and the format shift from vinyl to earworm, reacquainting ears to their 1966 hit "Oh, How Happy" and performing R & B staples such as "My Girl" and "Stand By Me." Old-school crooners Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs join The Shades of Blue on stage to regale audiences with their chart-topping song "Stay," and new-school song-and-dance troupes Phase 5 and The WhatAbouts pay funky tribute to the musical greats of yore. Also performing, singer Leisa Parham channels the charisma of Motown's legendary divas with her powerful vocal cords and a towering hairdo that grazes chandeliers.