The Rodney Square Summer Stage continues this Friday and Saturday in downtown Wilmington. If you are in Wilmington this weekend be sure to check out Tinsley Ellis, Pearl Street Band and The London Souls on Friday July 22nd in Rodney Square.
A part of the Summer Stage series is the highly anticipated R & B Soul Funk Festival that begins Saturday July 23rd at 1 PM in Rodney Square.
The X Band Experience & Lance Bruce
If you have not heard the X Band, get down to Rodney Square as they open the R & B Soul Funk Festival this Saturday!
Hailing from Charlestown, MA, Dennis Taylor (also known as The Ivory Teddy Bear) was born to be a performer; his talent and love of Motown and R&B transcends his young age of 20. Fans feel that they are watching an old soul when they see Dennis perform. He truly captures the passionate love affair that is R&B channeling soulful influences such as Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Walter Jackson.
Dennis “Youngblood” Taylor’s artistry and respect for R&B music has allowed him many extraordinary opportunities. He has had the privilege of being the headlining act at various well known venues including The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the TD Garden in Boston. Additionally, he has performed alongside big names in the R&B music industry including, Tavares, Darlene Love, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and more.
Formed in 1962, Kansas City’s “BLOODSTONE” remains one of the soul music scene’s brightest and longest-burning light. BLOODSTONE has been together for more than four decades, all the while performing with some of R&B and Pop music’s most renowned and revered artists.
Wowing the local scene as “The Sinceres” (a self contained vocal/instrumental group), band founders Harry Williams, Charles McCormick, Charles Love, Willis Draffen, Roger Durham, Melvin Webb, Hense Powell and Kenneth Smith took their unique sound to stages across their native Kansas City, crossing racial boundaries and working to establish harmony both on and off stage. The band honed its skills and crafted what became the distinctive Bloodstone sound before striking out for London, England, in 1972.
In 1975, the group starred in the hilarious movie “Train Ride to Hollywood” where they wrote the entire movie sound track. You can hear the sound track by going to Bloodstone International.Com
Back and better than ever, Philadelphia’s Breakwater brings a fusion of funk, R&B and jazz to the stage. Breakwater formed in 1971 and seven years later were signed to Arista Records by music mogul Clive Davis. After two successful albums that featured hits such as “Say You Love Me Girl”, “Work It Out” and “Release the Beast”, the band made a decision to split, but continued to make music separately through various side projects. Thirty years later, the legendary blues funk jazz horn band has reunited and are bringing their fantastic sound to Wilmington for the Rodney Square Summer Stage.
Rick James Stone City Band
Formed in 1978, by The King of Punk Funk, Rick James, The Original Stone City Band served as Rick’s exclusive recording and touring band from the beginning and through the height of his career. They were responsible for cranking out the memorable sounds to timeless hits such as You and I, Super Freak, Mary Jane, Bustin Out, Ghetto Life, Fire and Desire, The Temptations Standing on the Top, The Mary Jane Girls All Night Long, Boys, In My House and many, many more.
Along with their hits “Ladies Choice”, “Strut Your Stuff”, “Freaky” and others; a portion of the show pays a beautifully produced tribute to the late Rick James and Teena Marie with hits such as Bustin Out”, Ghetto Life”, “Superfreak”, “Mary Jane”, “Fire and Desire” and much more. The crowds love the show and coming out in numbers! Time to Funk ‘n’ Roll!
The Dayton, Ohio, based band was formed when Otis Stokes (guitar, vocals) and Thomas Shelby(lead vocals) quit the Bad Bunch to team up with Mark Wood (lead vocals, keyboards) in the Young Underground. After signing a deal in Chi-Town they changed the name to Ohio Lakeside Express, which in due course was thankfully shortened to Lakeside.
In 1972 the band hit the road hit the road for a live gig in Oklahoma City. By this time they had addedStephen Shockley (guitar), Fred Alexander (drums), Tiemeyer McCain (who shared lead vocals w/ Wood and Shelby), Marvin Craig (bass), Fred Lewis (percussion) and Norman Beavers (keyboards). They got the shaft on the OKC gig and ended in La-La Land as one of the first acts signed to Dick Griffey’s SOLAR (Sound of Los Angeles Records) label. Likewise the group served as the house band for labelmates, Shalimar and Dynasty, and also ended up penning quite a few tunes for these and other groups.
This funk group secured its first hit in 1978 with “It’s All The Way Live.”
In 1979, they released “Rough Riders” with a Wild Bunch theme and the funky dance track, “If You Like Our Music (Get On Up and Move).” 1980 gave them their biggest glory with “Fantastic Voyage” with its pirates motif. The single (R&B #1) by the same name provided the dance tune many were waiting for in the post-disco era. “Fantastic Voyage” was later sampled by Coolio on his smash hit by the same name. That album also featured “Your Love Is On the One” and the ballad “Say Yes.” 1981 brought the Aladdin-themed “Your Wish Is My Command.” The title track was especially popular among fans.
Come get your soul some funk this Saturday at the Rodney Square Summer Stage!