Leela James at TBD
Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 8:00pm
Santa Rosa CA
Leela James at Hampton Coliseum
Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5:00pm
1000 Coliseum Drive Hampton VA
Leela James at Louisiana Superdome
Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 8:00pm
1500 Podyras Street New Orleans LA
Leela James at Paul Brown Stadium
Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5:00pm
1 Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati OH
Leela James at Art and Soul Festival
Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 8:00pm
Leela James at The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum
Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:00pm
Leela James at TBD
Standing In The Shadows Of Motown LIVE!
Starring Peabo Bryson & Leela James
Featuring James Jamerson Jr. On The Fender Bass
In November of 2002, a long-anticipated music documentary titled “Standing In The Shadows Of Motown” made it’s world premier at New York’s Apollo Theater. The sonic tsunami it set in motion that night is still reverberating a decade later. The film’s subject, the legendary Motown studio band of the ‘60s known as the Funk Brothers, became an overnight sensation, touring the world and being honored with Presidential audiences and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy. Two of their members, drummer Benny Benjamin and the tormented genius of the Fender bass, James Jamerson, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The film itself racked up thousands of media hits, a dozen film awards and two Grammys, while selling over a million DVDs. A decade later, it continues to make its presence felt through continuous rotation on Showtime, FLIX, Turner Movie Classics and other TV channels.
On March 3, 2013 in honor of the film’s tenth anniversary, a new show called Standing In The Shadows Of Motown LIVE! will continue the tradition, kicking off its East Coast tour at Rahway, New Union County Performing Arts Center. The music of James Jamerson will be front and center in this production, which features an electrifying eleven-piece band comprised of sidemen veterans from the Funk Brothers’ film and tours, members of the band from the National touring company of the Broadway show “The Color Purple,” and Standing In The Shadows Of Motown’s producer and creator Allan Slutsky.
Heralded R&B master and multi-Grammy winner Peabo Bryson and STAX recording artist and BET-TV personality Leela James will front the band while James Jamerson Jr.—the only bass player alive who plays exactly like his father—will be holding down the groove on two dozen Motown songs. As he delivers heartfelt reminiscences and side-splitting anecdotes, dozens of projected images and video from the movie will appear on a 9 X 12 screen above the band. And in the process, that tiny basement studio on Detroit’s West Grand Boulevard—the one that gave birth to all those groundbreaking Funk Brothers tracks—will come alive once again to remind us what ‘60s soul was all about.
3/3 – Rahway, NJ – Union County Performing Arts Center
3/5 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
3/6 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur Theatre
3/7 – OFF/Travel
3/8 – Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre
3/9 – Glenside, PA – The Keswick Theatre
3/10 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
3/11 – Annapolis, MD – Ramshead On Stage (2 shows)
Please make sure to see Leela in San Francisco on Feb 1 and 2. 2 shows nightly, for tickets and more information please click here