Cameo is coming to town
By Marna Mobley
“Did you just say Cameo is coming to Pompano Beach? Oh my goodness, what am I going to wear!” This comment has been spoken what seems like 100 times since the City of Pompano announced the concert and the performers. Yes, Morris Day and the Time are nice; can’t take anything away from that group, but Cameo; now that is a force to be reckoned with. Cameo’s creator and producer, Larry Blackmon is once again ready to change & challenge the way the world listens to music! He is bringing his talent to the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, located at 1806 N.E. Sixth St in Pompano Beach, Fla. this Friday, May 29.
Since the late seventies Cameo has been whipping out funk filled hits; selling more than 18 million albums. The group’s pivotal sounds are a part of the Iconic Music History! Producer Blackmon said, “40 years went by so fast! Time flies when you’re doing what you love to do. It’s not work, its play really!” A multitude of recording artists and filmmakers have re-created and/or used original recorded versions of their favorite Cameo music and songs in projects/films being played today. These artists include Tupac Shakur, Boys II Men, Will Smith, 8-Ball& MJG, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, KORN, just to name a few. “Our music has always been unique and a little before its time. When we’re recording, we really don’t think about ways to remain relevant, instead we are in the moment and apply our skills to what we’re doing at that moment,” said Blackmon of his group’s music.
Blackmon has been synonymous with Cameo since the beginning of his career in the music industry, growing up in New York City, and digesting the sounds of the city streets. He created a place in the archives of urban music history by working extremely hard, staying just above the curve and creating an awesome stage presence! Blackmon possesses a creative talent and determined mind & spirit. He is an accomplished writer/producer/director, Blackmon was one of the first to create theme-based videos such as She’s Strange and Attack Me With Your Love; which used the acting genius of Laurence Fishburne, Debbie Morgan, and Ann Magnusum appearing in the clip. L.B.’S abiding search for excellence is exhibited through his endeavors to constantly improve his creativity through the study of dance, acting and music.
It is no accident that Blackmon is a “style and trendsetter”; an icon in the music industry, and will hold a place in Music History. CAMEO is a pacemaker. These entities have been & will continue to be a force to be reckoned with. “Every day in this particular part of our career, is valuable to us so we don’t waste our time not being where we want to be musically. Performing is a whole other animal and we’re committed to that. I mean, every day you hear about someone passing away that you have loved and that you knew and it makes it that much more of a challenge in that the fatigue of it all, but to maintain that essence of anticipation becomes more difficult and you wonder if you will get into a sorrowful frame of mind and that’s not what the audience wants. But when we get together and look to the left and the right of us and see the people that we have worked with all of our lives, it is that much more inspiring! Our audience inspires us the most, so we’re going to continue to do what we do!”
Blackmon said, “There is a contemporary writing style that caught our interest also and we’re going to experiment with that on this project. There are songs with so much soul and different artist.” We were told about a new project that will be dropped in January 2015. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hear it!