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A weekend of Motown at The Center

The Motown & Soul Revue is a Sierra Sirens event like none other! Prepare for an all-out party with 13 musicians onstage, including a three-piece horn section, and while the floor in front will be clear for dancing, there will also be reserved seating for those who prefer to dance in their chairs.

The band will be performing the hits of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many more favorites from back in the day. There were so many great songs to choose from that, according to Sierra Sirens, this show is being dubbed “Motown & Soul Revue, Part 1.”

Sierra Sirens, a local production company made up of singers Lorraine Gervais and Brielle Morgan, is a “vocal bon vivant” duo, aptly labeled by fellow musician, Peter Wilson, for the fun they have paying tribute to a wide and wild variety of music. The Sirens have put on six shows in the last several years, most recently “Rhapsody in Blue, A Tribute to Gershwin” in June of 2009 and “Honky-Tonk Angels, The First Ladies of Country” in August of 2009.

The leading lady of the Motown Soul Revue will be Lorraine Gervais, singing in a style familiar to fans of her R&B band, “The Burning Sensations,” playing around the Northern California area for years. Her affinity for this type of music can be traced all the way back to her R&B band in high school, the first band she ever had. As Mikail Graham describes her style, “Lorraine Gervais singing classic Motown music is like manna from heaven for lovers of the genre. This woman sings from deep in her soul and was made for these songs.”

Once again, Reno vocalist Jackie Landrum will grace The Center stage, having been a guest Siren in “Rhapsody in Blue” in June of 2009. Also making a special appearance will be longtime San Francisco bluesman, Curtis Lawson, a recipient of a special recognition award from the Board of Supervisors in 2008 for his longstanding artistic contribution to the City of San Francisco.

And making a special trip back from Austin, Texas, will be Bob Villwock, Lorraine’s former musical partner in crime for many years. Bob will be heading the band on piano and organ, along with Steve Wall (guitar), Larry Peterson (guitar), Charlie Faber (bass), Mark McCartney (drums), and a horn section under the direction of Jerry Grant (tenor and baritone sax) with Glenn Smith (trumpet) and Brandon Matthew (trombone).

If you want to have a seat, it’s recommended that you call ahead, because seating is limited to the fixed seats to make room for the booty-shaking. Check your coat, don your dancing shoes and hold on tight for it’s sure to be a wild and wooly ride!

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