The Sporting Life: Frankie Beverly & Maze Edition, Part One

Frankie Beverly & Maze will perform in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, October 26.

Frankie Beverly & Maze will perform in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday, October 26, 2019, along with The Whispers and The Manhattans and Gerald Alston. The band Maze has been making hits for decades and has been part of my life many times. Their well-known songs include “Happy Feelin’s”, “While I’m Alone”, “Golden Time Of Day”, “Southern Girl”, “The Look in Your Eyes”, “Joy and Pain”, “Before I Let Go”, “We Are One”, “Back in Stride”, “Can’t Get Over You” and “The Morning After.” The band has maintained a large and devoted following since the 1970’s.

During the 25 years I traveled with the Tennessee State University Arstocrat of Bands, we featured “Before I Let Go” as a major piece in our repertoire, along with several other of the band’s hits. When I went to the Essence Music Festival in 2000 and 2001, Frankie Beverly & Maze were the closers. After three full days and nights on the long Essence weekend, it would end with dozens of thousands of us ‘party with a purpose’ people dancing to their music on the floor of the Superdome.

Frankie Beverly & Maze is an American soul band founded by Frankie Beverly in Philadelphia in 1970 under its original name Raw Soul. Beverly was born Howard Beverly in Philadelphia on December 6, 1946; but he started calling himself Frankie after hearing Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (a major doo-wop group) when he was only nine years old in 1956. The band relocated to San Francisco and was introduced to Marvin Gaye, who took the group on the road with him as one of his opening acts. Marvin suggested that they change their name and after considering a few other names (including Karma and Charisma), Raw Soul officially became Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly in 1976. Maze released 9 Gold albums from 1977 to 1993.

The current lineup consists of Frankie Beverly, Roame Lowry, Carl Wheeler, Larry Kimpel, a.k.a. Bear Williams, Vance Taylor, Jubu Smith, and Calvin Napper. Mike’s Fall Soul Celebration with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with special guests The Whispers and The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston is coming to Bridgestone Arena on October 26, 2019 at 7:00PM. Ticket Prices are $150, $89.50, $79.50, $59.50, and $29.50.

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