Music is the soundtrack to our lives—from the ballad you slow-danced to at senior prom to the ballad you slowly walked home alone to. Remember the good times with this GrouponLive deal to see “An Evening of Classic Soul” at Wolf Creek Amphitheater, starring The Whispers, Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics, and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and hosted by M.C. Lightfoot. For $25, you get one ticket to the general-admission lawn on Saturday, September 15, at 7 p.m. (up to a $50.35 value, including all fees). Doors open at 5 p.m.
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 “An Evening of Classic Soul” seeks to bring back to the stage. Headlining act The Whispers have been weaving sultry melodies together for over 50 years. Members of the Vocal Hall of Fame and the first act ever released on Soul Train Records, the quartet of crooners have scored 12 top-20 singles, two platinum albums, and a 2002 NAACP Image Award. In addition to a pillow-talk style fueled by the cottony tenors of brothers Walter and Wallace “Scotty” Scott, The Whispers raise their voices higher with dance-club hits such as “And the Beat Goes On” and “Rock Steady.”
Russell Thompkins, Jr, the original lead singer of the Philadelphia soul machine The Stylistics, has a falsetto that soars over clouds and shatters glass vases into perfectly formed diamonds. With his latest troupe, The New Stylistics, Russell revisits a string of the group’s ‘70s top-10 smashes, including “Betcha by Golly, Wow,” and “Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart).” Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes carry on the legacies of bellowing soul men Harold Melvin and Teddy Pendergrass with ballads such as “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “The Love I Lost,” and the disco-era staple “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” Comedian M.C. Lightfoot plays host to the evening, breaking the surface of the sea of smoothness with hard laughs.