The phenomenal 70’s Soul Jam Concert live at the Kravis Center
The Main Ingredient
By Malik A. Azeez
Golden “old school” ballads and classic Rhythm and Blues(R & B) music were showcased at The Kravis Center, in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Jan. 9, 2015. The concert lasted from 8:10-11:05 p.m. The theme of the concert was-“70’s Soul Jam”, featuring the great and infectious performances by Cuba Gooding, Sr. of The Main Ingredien, The Stylistics and The Spinners. Also, the entire concert crystallized authentic “old school” love songs, soulful music and beautiful lyrics.
Cuba Gooding, Sr. gave the opening performance, Gooding’s voice and showmanship on stage were excellent. Three of the four songs he sang were: I’m So Proud, Everybody Plays the Fool and Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely. Moreover, both songs- Everybody Plays the Fool and Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely sold over a million copies each in the 1970’s for The Main Ingredient. The latest CD for The Main Ingredient is Shame On the World/I Only Have Eyes for You, 2008.
The Stylistics have been together for 47 years and they exemplified masterful artistry, unique harmony, and electrifying showmanship. Their performance was from 8:35-9:35 p.m., and covered the water-front of the 70’s Soul Jam era. The group did 15 songs and were backed by a six piece band that was awesome. Some of the songs that were sung passionately were: I’m Stone In Love With You, Betcha By Golly Wow; Stop, Look, Listen(To Your Heart), You Are Every-thing; Because I Love You Girl, Ebony Eyes, You’re A Big Girl Now, Hurry Up This Way A-gain, You Make Me Feel Brand New. Indeed, The Stylistics gave a profound performance, their voices were great and their choreography was impeccable.
Furthermore, their album entitled The Best of the Stylistics, in 1975, went Double Platinum and sold over four million copies.
Lastly, The Spinners gave an outstanding performance from 10:00-11:05 p.m. Their songs amplified a walk down memory lane for “old school” R & B music. Some of their classic songs included: Could It Be I’m Falling In Love, It’s A Shame, I’ll Be Around, Mighty Love, Then Came You, One of a Kind(Love Affair) and The Rubberband Man.
Additionally, The Spinners sang 12 songs, had a 4 piece band and did an all-around remarkable show. The group’s latest CD is ‘Are You Ready for Love? The Very Best of the Detroit Spinners’, 2009. Moreover, Cuba Gooding, Sr., The Stylistics and The Spinners crystallized the essence of the “70’s Soul Jam“, by performing authentic, golden, harmonious and phenomenal “old school” love ballads.