After all the craziness of the April Eccentric Soul Revue died down, we knew there was no way it could only happen once. We had to do it again, and we had to take it on the road.
Fast-forward 7 months to November 2009, the lights go down at Lincoln Hall in Chicago:
that’s right, the Uptown Sound with a full-on gospel choir, lead by legendary South Side pastor, Rev. T.L. Barrett. From that moment, it was ON.
But first there were a few rehearsals, to work in some more amazing artists from the Numero Group stable, including the lovely Linda Ballintine
and Syl Johnson deputized Sharon Clark to fill-in for Minnie Ripperton on the opening laugh of “Different Strokes”:
After a completely bananas show in Chicago at Lincoln Hall, we hit the road, first stop: the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan, where Renaldo Domino turned it out with a hot version of “Let Me Come Within”:
and Syl delivered the goods on “Is It Because I’m Black?”:
After some amazing shows in Columbus, OH and Washington, DC, we rolled into Brooklyn, to connect with true-blue old-school MC, Miss Missy Dee, who rocked the mic with original Crash Crew member Reggie Reg:
Photographer Ryan Muir took saw awesome shots for Brooklyn Vegan: