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The ‘Masters’ take the stage

Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 9:38 am

“That’s absolutely the best show you’ve ever had,” somebody said when “The Masters of Soul” took a mid-show break at Northumberland High School  Saturday night. That was before the group really ramped it up in the second half with “Soul Man,” James Brown’s “I Feel Good” and “Shout.”

The first half of the concert opened with “The Temptations” “My Girl” followed by the Supremes’ “Momma Said” and “”Stop! In the Name of Love!”. The Masters just kept on gittin’ up from there. It was better for arthritic joints than a than a ginger poultice. Gray hairs who’d danced to that soul music as youngsters, couldn’t keep their hands and feet still.

The Masters of Soul, three male and three female vocalists backed up by two guitars, a drum set and a keyboard covered just about every soul artist imaginable: Al Greene, Aretha Franklin, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, James Brown; all of them. Not only did they cover them, they sounded exactly like them. When Dario Outlaw came rumbling out for his Barry White piece, you’d have thought it was White himself. Ronald Smith, out among the audience, had folks on their feet in the aisles when he launched into “Do the Monkey.” By the concert’s finish with “Shout” was full bore audience participation.

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