The Sporting Life: Mike’s Fall Soul Celebration Edition

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with The Whispers and The Manhattans at Bridgestone Arena on October 26. Tickets on sale July 26.

“Mike’s Fall Soul Celebration” starring Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The Whispers, and The Manhattans is coming to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, October 26. This soul-induced lineup will come together in a rare performance for a night of unforgettable hit songs and memories.
For nearly three decades, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly has created music that is original, innovative and instantly recognizable. After opening on tour for the late Marvin Gaye, the group began an incredible journey that has encompassed gold albums including “Golden Time Of Day,” “Inspiration,” “Joy and Pain,” “Live In New Orleans,” “We Are One,” “Can’t Stop The Love” and “Live In Los Angeles.” Hits from the groundbreaking albums allotted the group 24 R&B Top 40 singles including “While I’m Alone,” “Golden Time Of Day,” “Southern Girl,” “Runnin’ Away,” “Before I Let Go,” “Back In Stride,” “Too Many Games,” “Can’t Get Over You” and “Silky Soul.”

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly has continuously toured for over 25 years. The band’s current lineup includes Calvin Napper (drums), Larry Kimpel (bass), Jubu (guitar), Carl Wheeler (keyboards), Vance Taylor (keyboards), and one of the original members Roame (congas and background vocals). When we went to the Essence Music Festivla back in the early 00’s, the closing act we all danced to on the last night was Frankie and Maze. Traveling with the TSU Aristocrat of Bands, one of our signature tunes was “Before I Let Go.” This is truly an epic act that is a must-see. For more information on the Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, visit mazemuze.com.

The Whispers, one of R&B music’s most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, began their legendary and timeless career in 1963. Twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott joined with friends Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon to form a local singing group. They perfected their tight harmonies on the street corners in the Watts section of Los Angeles and in nightclubs in the in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area. By 1971, Gordy Harmon decided to leave the group and was replaced by Leaveil Degree who had previously sung with “The Friends of Distinction.” The Whispers produced a string of hits over the next two decades and emerged as the leading romantic singers of their generation, racking up one gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits throughout the seventies and eighties. The Whispers were the first artists featured on the newly formed Soul Train label (co-owned by the TV show’s creator and host Don Cornelius and entrepreneur Dick Griffey). They gained national attention with their seventies albums, “One For The Money,” “Open Up Your Love,” and “Headlights” producing two singles that graced Billboard’s Top 20 R&B Charts: “(Let’s Go) All the Way” and “(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out.” For more information on The Whispers, visit thewhispers.com.

The Manhattans were originally Winfred “Blue” Lovett, Richard Taylor, Kenny Kelley, George “Smitty” Smith and Sonny Bivins. Blue and Smitty were out front as the group’s strong lead singers. Blue was also the group leader and an outstanding songwriter whose compositions with producer Joe Evans gave the group a string of hits on Carnival Records during the mid 1960s. THE MANHATTANS moved to Columbia Records in 1973 where they collaborated with producer Bobby Martin on a string of hit ballads including, “There’s No Me Without You,” “We Never Danced To A Love Song” and “Hurt.” The most notable of these ballads was Blue Lovett’s “Kiss And Say Goodbye,” a platinum selling #1 pop and R&B hit in 1976. In that same year, The Manhattans teamed up once again with producer Randazzo to record “Feels So Good,” “You’re My Life” and “There’s No Good In Goodbye.” In 1977, they performed at President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Ball and since then have received their share of platinum and gold singles, albums, and other industry kudos; most notably a 1980 Grammy for “Shining Star.” In 1999, the band was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame. In 2003, they released their first studio album in fifteen years featuring the beautiful ballad “Turn Out The Stars” which became one of the year’s best songs. In 2012, The Manhattans celebrated their 50th anniversary. For more information on The Manhattans, visit letsjustkissandsaygoodbye.com.

Outback Presents is an independent, full-service concert and comedy promoter based in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to producing hundreds of concerts and events each year, ranging from clubs to arenas across the country and Canada, Outback Presents also produces the Nashville Comedy Festival. Outback Presents President Mike Smardak was a 2011 inductee of the IEBA Hall of Fame. In November of 2016, Mike Smardak was honored with a distinguished NATD Award alongside Nashville’s most recognized members of the entertainment industry. In March of 2018, Smardak was honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation with the Tony Martell Outstanding Entertainment Achievement Award. Promoter Andrew Farwell was voted IEBA Rookie of the Year in 2014. For more information on Outback Presents, visit outbackconcerts.com.

Get good seats now for Mike’s Fall Soul Celebration, as tickets for the celebration go on-sale this Friday, July 26 at 10:00 am CDT. Purchase your tickets online at ticketmaster.com or at the Bridgestone Arena box office.

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