Motown tribute, face-off comes to Sumter's Patriot Hall

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 6/14/18

The Kings & Queen of Motown will bring their tribute show to Patriot Hall on Saturday night with 90 non-stop minutes featuring the best of Motown. The 7:30 p.m. performance of more than 50 years of rhythm and blues will pay tribute to such groups …

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Motown tribute, face-off comes to Sumter's Patriot Hall

Sandhill Soul Crooners will pay tribute to several R&B groups in Saturday's Kings & Queen of Motown Tribute Tour at Patriot Hall on Saturday.
Sandhill Soul Crooners will pay tribute to several R&B groups in Saturday's Kings & Queen of Motown Tribute Tour at Patriot Hall on Saturday.
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The Kings & Queen of Motown will bring their tribute show to Patriot Hall on Saturday night with 90 non-stop minutes featuring the best of Motown. The 7:30 p.m. performance of more than 50 years of rhythm and blues will pay tribute to such groups and individuals as The Temptations, The Whispers, The Ojays, The Stylistics, The Delfonics, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and many other legends of the Motown era.

The show presented by the Big DM radio station and Victory Promotions will also feature The Sandhill Soul Crooners and Making a Difference in a competition, said Chris Fairley of Victory One.

"The two groups will alternate songs," each trying to out perform the other "as The Whispers versus The Temptations," Fairley said. He added that their tributes will also be choreographed as the two R&B groups were, with their signature moves.

The Temptations scored numerous hits, including "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "I'm Losing You," "Since I Lost My Baby" and more.

Fairley said The Whispers are not as well known to many people, "but they had a lot of hits and were very popular." Among their hits are "Rock Steady," "It's a Love Thing" and "Just Gets Better with Time."

The Sandhill Soul Crooners are a group of five U.S. Army veterans, many of whom played in service bands. Fairley said the Crooners are well known for their Temptations tribute, while Making a Difference will challenge them with their interpretations of Whispers tunes.

"Queen of Motown" Mia Thompson will pay tribute to the popular female R&B vocalists.

"All of the groups will be backed by a full band," Fairley said, adding that "this will be a very theatrical performance with special lighting."

He said actor and blues guitarist Jamell Richardson will close the show. Richardson played Jimmy Nolan in the James Brown biopic "Get on Up."

"The show is suitable for all ages," Fairley said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."

While there is no intermission, the show will pause briefly for an award presentation to Sumter native O'Neal Compton, whose extensive film and TV credits include "Primary Colors," "Deep Impact," "Nixon" and "Diabolique." He is also an award-winning writer, art photographer, producer and director.

Fairley said there will be an after-party open to the public at the S&B Lounge, 1090B Broad St. in Sumter.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show Kings & Queen of Motown are $15 general admission and can be purchased at the S&B Lounge, Patriot Hall at 135 Haynsworth St., Al's Music Hut at 624 Manning Ave. or online at victoryonepromotions.com. Call (803) 436-2260 (Patriot Hall) to charge by phone.