25 Nov 2013
- Written by Warren Roseborough
Music legends Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, The Isley Brothers, featuring Ronald Isley, and Bobby Womack transformed the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. into "Old-school Haven" on Saturday night.
Womack came out dressed in red – leather pants, jacket and a cap – and launched into his deep bag of hit songs, including "Across a 110th Street," "I Can Understand it," "That's The Way I Feel About You," "Harry Hippie" and many more. He also did a tribute to Sam Cooke, singing "A Change Is Going To Come," and introduced his daughter, who sings backup for him. He gave her an opening to sing a song and it's safe to say talent runs in the family.
Next up was the Isley Brothers and their presence triggered a surge toward the stage as they reeled off hits such as "Fight The Power," "It's Your thing," and "For the Love of You." As always, eye-grabbing dancers performing precision moves accented the performance that was punctuated by the distinctive voice of Ronald Isley and the lead-guitar prowess of Ernie Isley.
The headliners of the show – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – are no strangers to Greater Memphis, coming through with another top-shelf performance. Dressed in his usual all-white attire, Beverly kicked it off with "Back in Stride Again" followed up with "Southern Girl" and it was on from there.
It was a dancing night for the crowd, which Beverly thanked for ongoing support. Acknowledging that he would be 67 years old in a few days, he asked for a show of hands from those who were seeing their first Maze show.
"That's a damn shame, we have been performing for 45 years and y'all are just now coming out to see us," Beverly joked.
Maze closed out with their hit, "I want to Thank You."
The old-school show brought out a mix of old and young to party with the music legends and it was ushered in by Julius Jones of Heritage Entertainment.