| Feb 26, 2012
| 4:42 AM
Diva is a word that's often associated with Diana Ross, the iconic star that helped define the Motown sound in the 1960s and remains the voice of the Supremes almost 50 years later. She seemed a lot tougher than that on Saturday, though, as she...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 4:22 AM
Motown Records was a hit factory for black musicians in the early 1960s, churning out smash after smash R&B song. So hoping to follow that same path to success, the fledgling vocal group that singer Florence LaRue joined in 1965......
| Nov 29, 2012
| 4:32 AM
It would be difficult to say anything about the 2012 remake of the 1976 film Sparkle without mentioning the truth for which it’s probably best known and for which it will be remembered — as Whitney Houston’s final screen performance. The...
| May 31, 2012
| 9:22 AM
Hailing from Sydney, the high school classmates who would go on to become Human Nature brothers Andrew and Mike Tierny, Phil Burton and Toby Allen were captivated by the harmonies of soul, gospel and R&B. Since forming Human Nature,...
| May 21, 2012
| 2:58 PM
When Black Ensemble Theatre opened its beautiful new building in November, it did so with a show, "The Jackie Wilson Story," that not only was under-rehearsed but was merely a pro forma remount of a hit from the past. The second, far more successful...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 8:15 AM
"And now you hear the music, but the words don't sound too clear …"
"Inner City Blues" by Sixto Rodriguez
Former Baltimorean Craig Strydom has spent more than two decades searching for Sugar Man. And even though the music journalist tracked his...
| Jun 25, 2012
| 7:27 AM
BAY VIEW -- Straight from Detroit, the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble brings its award-winning show, Motown in Motion, to Bay View's Hall auditorium on Saturday, June 30, for an unforgettable performance beginning at 8 p.m.
The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble,...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:15 AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...
| Dec 1, 2012
Inevitably this holiday season, my mom will tick through her shopping list and say with a sigh, "Your dad wants a book." Since I was a kid, my mom has teased my dad about the predictablity of this ritual, which usually involves the purchase of a brick-...
| Dec 28, 2010
| 9:57 AM
It's impossible to lend an ear to today's crop of R&B divas without hearing just a little bit of Teena Marie.
Though she never had the blockbuster commercial success or universal household appeal of some of her peers ( Patti Labelle, Anita Baker and...
| Jul 31, 2011
| 4:23 PM
It was a hot one Saturday at the new Pa. Blues Festival on Blue Mountain, but a good one. Attendance was down. Maybe it was unfamiliarity with this new event near Palmerton replacing the Pocono Blues Festival at Big Boulder.......