- Southern Avenue
September 23, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A co-promotion with Suncoast Blues Society
Online ticket sales end at 12 noon Sunday… Or get advanced priced tickets at most outlets (call first!). Door & Will-call open Sunday at 6pm.
Two great soulful bands
Southern Avenue‘s concert for WMNF last year was a knockout and a revelation of a deeply soulful Memphis band playing fiery guitar-led soul rock, with punchy horns, hard-shuffling beats, sparkling ballads and barroom throwdowns. We witnessed a young, yet seasoned group of artists, who have taken everything Memphis has to give, rubbed their own magic on it, and are delivering it to us in a single serving. It’s not blues, soul, Gospel or R&B. It’s all of the above, blended in such a way to create its very own category.
The whole band is talented but nobody could take their eyes off the young lead singer Tierinini Jackson. It was like seeing Tina Turner in her early twenties, singing and dancing with soulful abandon. You can imagine Southern Avenue as a house band in their native Memphis or Muscle Shoals in the glory days of the Sixties, sent back to the future to save us from inauthenticity of so much of today’s music.
Sugar and Spice Revue Sisters Myra “Sugar” Glover and Velma “Spice” Glover front the band with powerful, gospel-tinged, blues drenched vocals. Since their 2nd place win in the finals at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, Sugar and Spice have been Bluesin’, Rockin’, and Funkin’ it up on some of the hottest Festivals and Stages in the Tampa Bay/Orlando Area. As little girls Sugar and Spice learned to sing at the feet of their mother, the late Loretta Glover, a Florida R&B/Soul and Blues Legend. On Sunday mornings, spirited shouts, singing and hallelujahs emanated from a small church house where the Glover family attended and Sweet Loretta sang up praises.
Together Sugar and Spice’s style incorporates the movements of Rock-n-Roll, the spirit of Gospel and the true essence of Funk and Soul. The players providing the Rhythm, are all road tested pros with Blues, Soul and Gospel chops. Whether performing their original titles or the Classics, the Sugar and Spice Revue packs passion into every performance. Part Saturday night juke joint holler, part Sunday morning Hallelujah, the Sugar and Spice Revue will move you to your feet and touch your musical soul.
Tickets $15 advance, $18 door