17 Feb 2014
- Written by Warren Roseborough/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
Clear Channel's WDIA-V101 "We Love You Valentine Concert" held at Harrah's Casino Event Center in Tunica was funktastic and just what old school enthusiasts like myself needed.
Here's my snapshot review of the Saturday night show.
The Jones Girls were the opening act, treating the packed house with songs such "Runaway Love," "Nights Over Egypt," and "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else." Lead singer Brenda Elaine Jones Williams is the only original member still in the group. Still, this group of "Jones Girls" set a good tone for the rest of the night.
Next up was Zapp, without former lead singer and frontman, Roger Troutman. This was arguably the best performance of the night. There was amazing energy and superb sound throughout their performance. Changing costumes at a fast pace, Zapp had the crowd dancing and snapping fingers on every song.
Lakeside got my vote for best costumes that befit a group's name. They came out singing their hit song "Raid" and closed it out with "Fantastic Voyage," as the crowd got its dance on, again.
Once the back up band for the Soul Children at Stax Records, Confunkshun put the wrap on the night. The multi-platinum recording artists performed hits such as "Chase Me," "Fun," "Shake and Dance with me," "Straight from the Heart," and their signature ballad, "Love's Train."
Syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner was the emcee and Shoney's was the presenting sponsor.
All in all, it was a night that showed that Greater Memphis' desire for good funk is still alive.