Theatre Severn Rocks To The Sweet Soul Music!

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How Sweet It Is!

Theatre Severn

15th October 2015

Take five incredibly tight musicians and five guys who just want to sing and have fun and I believe you will find that the result is an incredibly infectious night of fantastic entertainment.

That is the exact formula that  P.B. Promotions offered theatregoers at Theatre Severn tonight.

One fully fuelled and highly charged musical firework that would explode into a whole wealth of fantastic songs from the world of Motown.

The band comprised Sax, Keys, Guitar, Drums and   a brilliant, almost metronomic Bass. If you are a bass fan and love to see it played well this is the show for you. The band’s experience and their sheer musicality gave the show a feeling of a pair safe hands, holding the tunes that everyone so revered.

On top of that incredibly good back line was the superb singing voices of the five men who faultlessly ploughed their way through all the Motown hits that you would care to remember. There was absolutely everything in the mix. Smokey, Marvin, Jacko, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Edwin Starr and so on and so on.

But on top of this already superb show came the moves too. Every one of the men could dance, and some. There were lashings of the signature synchronised dancing that all Motown records demand. They looked fantastic and the evidence of good hard solid rehearsal was ample.

The pleasing thing about the boys was there was no primas! Each one in turn sang their songs and returned to the line with the satisfying knowledge that they had just done a fantastic job on their vocal.

This is a really great show. It makes you smile and one could defy anyone to go there and not be infected with the rhythms of a great genre.

One thing that one found difficult to fathom is why hasn’t this band got a name? They deserve one. With a name they can be recommended to others, with a name they will be so much easier to recall and probably easier to review. There was a hint of anonymity between the audience and band as no-one knew how good they might be, with a name they can be you-tubed , remembered and recorded. If they haven’t recorded yet then they surely should.

There was a lot of talent on the stage tonight and a buzz  amongst the audience as hit after amazing hit filled the air and ignited a sense of excitment not only just what they were singing, but for the songs yet to come.

They bid goodnight amongst thunderous applause, cheers and whistles. This is a great show and tonight they took Shrewsbury through a tour of one of the greatest genres of contemporary music.

These songs that poured out of  Berry Gordy Jr’s hit factory in Detroit, Michigan are all solid gold and tonight that point was proved time and time again.

A superb performance stretching over two hours in total, made for a truly great fun night out.

This is a four star review

Owen J. Lewis

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Owen Lewis was born fifty something years ago in the land of the black puddings. For the geographically challenged that is in Lancashire. Moving to Shropshire From 1970 Owen was brought up in Church Stretton. His first real job was in radio. After starting on BBC Radio Shropshire he became known on Marcher Sound, broadcasting throughout the North West for several years. After a university degree course in Theatre, Owen became an actor and went on to play "Pirate Bill" in The Alton Towers Hotel. He also made several television appearances. Returning to university he took his PGCE enabling him to teach. That saw him on the Essex coast as a drama teacher and latterly as a Creative Educational Liaison Officer making films and creating new teaching methods to employ on children in need of more help in their fundamental learning skills. Published playwright Owen ultimately wants a house boat in Amsterdam to focus on his work as Playwright and Poet.

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