“Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Live!” featuring Leela James, Peabo Bryson and James Jamerson, Jr.


Motown and Funk Brothers fans, take heed:

The last thing I want to do is sound repetitive, and you may hear me say (or read in my posts) things like “This is not to be missed!” and “This is going to be the best show ever, the show of all shows!”, however… Our March 11 show Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Live! feat. Leela James, Peabo Bryson and James Jamerson, Jr. IS TRULY NOT TO BE MISSED AND IT’S GOING TO BE THE BEST SHOW EVER, THE SHOW OF ALL SHOWS!! There. I said it.

A bit of history:

Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a 2002 documentary film directed by Paul Justman, based on Alan Slutsky’s book of the same name. It recounts the story of The Funk Brothers, the un-credited and largely unheralded studio musicians who were the hand picked house band by Berry Gordy in 1959, and who recorded and performed on Motown Record’s recordings from 1959 to 1972.

One of the wonderful aspects of this inspirational documentary is the amount of raw talent, not only that of the Funk Brothers themselves, but of all of the artists who participated and/or performed in the documentary; Bootsy Collins, Chaka Kahn, Ben Harper, Joan Osborne, Montell Jordan, James Jamerson and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This amazing piece went on to win numerous awards including a New York Film Critics’ Circle award, and two Grammys in 2003. If you haven’t yet seen it, I highly recommend it.

In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the release, Standing in the Shadows of Motown is now a LIVE SHOW, starring soul crooner Peabo Bryson and Stax Records’ Leela James. AND, unbelievably, James Jamerson, Jr. is part of this amazing lineup playing the fender bass  in the same style that his father made famous.

Leela James

Peabo Bryson

So expect to witness two dozen Motown hits performed by an 11 piece all-star band that’ll make you feel like you’re back in the Hitsville U.S.A. studio when these songs were originally recorded.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime musical experience at Rams Head On Stage on March 11th.

(I mean it).







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