Do you have a father or grandfather or uncle who occasionally spends his nights playing old-soul LPs on his turn-table, usually under the influence of fortified wine, often remarking on how people don’t make good music anymore when he isn’t blaming family members for the regrets and bad decisions in his life? Well, here’s a show that you can leave his ass at one night. On Wednesday, the Mann will have Philly-soul vets the O’Jays and the Stylistics grace its stage, along with Motown greats the Four Tops. To be honest, we’re psyched about the show—and none of us here is an old, bitter drunk. (Well, not yet!) Let’s get real here: Eddie Levert is pot-bellied, bow-legged and pigeon-toed, and we’d still rather see him and his O’Jays crew belt out “Back Stabbers” or “For the Love of Money” than see some young whipper-snapper singing about making love faces or whatever. Excuse us for sounding like an inebriated fogey. But when it comes to soul, we like it best when it’s performed by grown-ass adults!
Wed., Aug. 24, 8pm. $29.50-$59.50. Mann Center for Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave. 800.745.3000. manncenter.org
PW's Music Issue 2014