The unforgettable excitement of one of Motown’s most popular groups will be recaptured when Dave Revels’ “Shadows of the 60s: A Tribute to The Four Tops” opens the Grand Theatre’s 21013-14 season 7 p.m. Friday.
Tickets remain available in all price ranges.
Revels will bring to the stage a high-energy show that seeks to faithfully reproduce the sights and sounds of the legendary hit-makers.
Audience members can expect all the hits including “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” “Bernadette,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There” and more.
WHAT: Four Tops Tribute
WHERE: The Grand Theatre
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
TICKETS: Contact the Grand
In a recent telephone interview, Revels said he takes great pride in presenting an authentic experience.
Not only will the vocal ranges of the original four-man group be represented, but the stage show also includes two female singers called The Beehives. They will add the harmonies that were a distinctive part of Motown recordings provided by a session group called The Andantes.
Revels handles the lead vocals made famous by Four Tops lead singer Levi Stubbs. He is joined by Samuel White, Anthony Davis and Larry Hines. The Beehives are Sonia Revels (Dave’s wife) and Traci Robinson. A six-piece band backs the six singers.
Revels has been singing professionally for 35 years. He started out performing with the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based a capella group The Persuasions.
By the 1980s, he was touring with venerable Drifters, playing at venues from Las Vegas to Atlantic City. He also sang with The Coasters, appearing on the Grand Theatre stage in 2009. Along the way, he has soaked up the musical influences around him.
“Every time I’ve met someone in the music business, I’ve asked them what it takes to be successful —Dick Clark, Ben E. King, (songwriter) ‘Doc’ Pomus. It’s been quite an interesting journey,” he said.
As for Levi Stubbs and The Four Tops, “I had the pleasure of seeing him perform many times.”
When Revels decided to form a Four Tops tribute group, he knew he wanted to evoke the memories of the original group.
“(Some tribute performers) want to sing their own way,” he said. “To me, if you’re going to emulate someone, you want to emote the way (the original artist) did, not try to do your own vocal styling.”
In the case of The Four Tops, Revels said, a lot of the magic is in the memorable songs, written mostly by the legendary songwriter team Holland-Dozier-Holland. Their songs contained unforgettable melodies that endure decades later.
“The music is so infectious,” he said. “You move to the beat, you move to the melody. It’s the shared power of the music. It’s a love fest.”
The show is sponsored by Passport Radio 1490.
Ticket are $20, $30 and $40 and may be purchased at the door, online at the Grand Theatre Web site, http://www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org, by visiting the ticket office, 312 W. Main St., weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., or by calling 502-352-7469.
Season tickets for the entire 14-show season also are available.