Sounds of Soul

at The Lyric Theatre Feb 18, 2017 7:00 pm

Partial proceeds to benefit St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church

Featuring astounding vocals, stylish dance moves, and a whole lotta soul, Sounds of Soul is one of the finest Motown tribute shows touring today. The first ever sold out show at Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, Sounds of Soul features six seasoned performers and all the greatest hits of the 1960s and beyond, from the Four Tops to Tina Turner. Sounds of Soul explores the history of the Motown sound from its inception to its most recent successors.

Sounds of Soul has been performing since 1996 all across the country, from Los Angeles, to the French Quarter, and all the way to Miami. The sextet have appeared on the internationally syndicated show Dance Connection, and have also shared the stage with major recording artists, including the O’Jays, Bobby Brown, and Sinbad. With over 450 shows a year, Sounds of Soul has proven to be one of the most successful Motown tribute groups of all time. Performing the music of The Temptations, Barry White, the Supremes and more, Sounds of Soul is well known for distinctive choreography, impeccable six-part harmonies, and commanding stage presence.

John Mueller’s 50′s Dance Party

at The Lyric Theatre Feb 13, 2017 7:00 pm

John Mueller’s​ 50′s Dance Party authentically recreates the last tour of music legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper with over two hours of hit songs, including “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” and “La Bamba.” Starring the critically acclaimed former star of the hit musical Buddy…the Buddy Holly Story, John Mueller’s​ 50′s Dance Party is the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens, and Richardson estates, making it the most authentic way to experience the sounds of early rock n’ roll.

John Mueller stars as Buddy Holly, whose role in Buddy…the Buddy Holly Story brought him immediate fame for his uncanny ability to recreate the style and sound of the former musician. As Buddy’s wife herself stated, “John is the only one who does it exactly like Buddy did. He’s a great musician in his own right.” Performing with Mueller in John Mueller’s​ 50′s Dance Party is Ray Anthony as rock and roll pioneer Ritchie Valens. Renowned for his performance in “Legends of Rock and Roll” at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas, Ray Anthony brings an incredible power to his portrayal of Valens, as he takes on such legendary songs as “La Bamba.” Finally, Linwood Sasser performs in the role of the Big Bopper, best known for the hit “Chantilly Lace.” Accompanying the three vocalists is a four-piece band, which includes the Grammy Award winning saxophonist Mike Acosta.

The most authentic Holly, Valens, and Big Bopper performance, John Mueller’s​ 50′s Dance Party has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Columbus Ohio Symphony, and the Philly Pops Orchestra. They have performed in front of over 2 million people for the Jerry Lewis telethon, and performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with John Mellencamp. Known as a “dead on re-creation of the 1959 show,” John Mueller’s​ 50′s Dance Party has delighted audiences across the country with their vocal talent and infectious energy.

“Flawless….rings as clear and true as a chord from a Fender Stratocaster.” -The Chicago Tribune

“An air tight band with energy-packed execution of a long string of classics. Rather than museum pieces or mere fodder for oldies radio, these songs had all the vitality and punch that they carried 41 years ago.” -Springfield State Journal Register

“One of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.” -Larry Holly (Buddy’s brother)

“John Mueller(as Buddy Holly) gives a stunning portrayal. Highly recommended.” -Chicago Sun Times