The grand finale of the Schwartz Center for the Arts' 2013-14 season will literally end on a good note this weekend.
The grand finale of the Schwartz Center for the Arts’ 2013-14 season will literally end on a good note this weekend.
To close out its 12th season on Saturday night, the Schwartz will host Linwood Peel’s tribute to The “Marvelous” Marvelettes and Drifters ─ two of the most influential music groups in the early days of soul music ─ in an event being called Remember the ’50s A Tribute to The “Marvelous” Marvelettes & The Drifters.
Considering Dover is populated with baby boomers, and many from that generation grew up listening to the Marvelettes and Drifters, Schwartz Center Director Sylvia Cowell felt it only made sense to cap the season with a night of ageless music dedicated to that crowd.
“We thought this would be a great opportunity to combine the sounds of one of the top male groups with one of the greatest female groups on the same stage,” Cowell said.
Saturday’s concert will feature a mix of solo performances by The Marvellettes and Drifters, along with some group numbers.
“When you cross-pollinate The Drifters’ tunes with [The Marvelettes’] ‘Please Mr. Postman’ and ‘Don’t Mess with Bill’ ─ that is the definition of special,” said Linwood Peel, lead singer of the tribute band, Linwood Peel’s Stars from the Drifters.
Remember the ’50s will also include new dance routines, costumes and some different song orchestrations, Peel added.
More than five decades later, The Drifters and Marvelettes remain legendary in the music industry today because they were forerunners of the soul genre, and their tunes were topnotch.
“That’s the true sign of some [solid] music,” Cowell said. “You can listen to it for years and years and it’ll still have that fresh sound.”
In addition to providing baby boomers with catchy melodies and hooks, The Drifters and Marvelettes also gave that generation music that helped African Americans endure segregation during the 1950s and 1960s.
“That was the period that shaped so many of the baby boomers,” said Cowell, who is a baby boomer herself. “That was a period where there was a lot of upheaval going on related to race. But music can help to sooth that savage beast. Music is always soothing and comforting.”
IF YOU GO
WHAT “Remember the ’50s: A Tribute to The “Marvelous” Marvelettes and The Drifters
WHEN 7 p.m., Saturday, May 17
WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover
COST $45 for adult; $40 for seniors; and $35 for children
INFO Visit schwartzcenter.com or call 678-5152