Featuring the Whispers, Charlie Wilson and Keith Sweat, this year’s show will pay homage to the R&B singer who passed away suddenly the day after Christmas.
Atlantic City’s third annual Mother’s Day Music Festival at historic Boardwalk Hall will hold special reverential significance this year.
Slated for Saturday, May 7, starting 7:30pm, the event will serve a tribute to Teena Marie (below) the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and producer who passed away unexpectedly December 26, 2010. Nicknamed “Lady T” and often referred to as the Ivory Queen of Soul, Teena Marie produced, sang and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 album debut Irons in the Fire. Her final album, Congo Square, was a jazz-influenced collection of personal songs released in 2009.
Performers at this year’s show include the Whispers, Charlie Wilson, and Keith Sweat.
The Whispers have a long legacy of R&B hits, and were formed in
Los Angeles by twins Walter and Wallace Scott along with Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon (who left in 1973). The group is known for such songs as 1964’s “I Was Born When You Kissed Me,” “The Time Has Come” (1969), “Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong” (1970), “And the Beat Goes On” (1980), and “Rock Steady” (’87).
Charlie Wilson was the lead singer for the Gap Band, and sang on four number-one R&B hits including “Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me),” “Early in the Morning,” “Outstanding” and “Addicted to Your Love.” He also contributed to the classics “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” “Yearning for Your Love,” “Party Train,” and “Big Fun.” The band had three platinum albums and two gold certificates.
Keith Sweat is an R&B and soul singer who rose to fame in the late 1980s. His 1987 debut album Make It Last Forever sold over four million copies, and included the No. 1 Billboard R&B hit (No. 5 on the pop charts) “I Want Her.” Sweat’s sophomore album I’ll Give All My Love To You hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, and his third album project, Keep It Comin’, debuted in the Top 20 of the album chart. Sweat’s single “Twisted” hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Nobody” made it to No. 3.
Tickets to the festival go on sale Friday, Jan. 21, at noon, and are priced at $46, $62, $72 and $87. Tickets can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-736-1420, or by going here.
Marie was one of the best musicians of any color that R&B ever produced.
What its promoters have dubbed the “Mothers Day Music Festival” takes place on Saturday, May 8 — the day before Mother’s Day — at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Doors open at 8pm for the concert that will include the Isley Brothers, Teena Marie and the Whispers.
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