Bobby Rush, known for electrifying stage performances accented by rump-shaking women, showed that he's top-notch entertainer without the eye candy on Saturday (Oct. 19).
The occasion – Rush's 2012 Red, White & Blues Concert at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park – called for a different kind of setting. Rush, who performed with the support of a lone keyboard player, delivered, wowing the crowd that featured about 500 veterans and their families.
Congressman Steve Cohen, who attended the concert, suggested that Rush be put in for a Congressional medal of honor for his support of veterans. Congressional aide Randy Wade, who was honored for his military service, heaped thanks and praise on the veterans on hand.
Up-and-coming singer Cynthia Jones belted out a memorable rendition of the "National Anthem" and carried out that standard throughout her performance. Comedian Lester Bibbs hosted the show and kept the crowd laughing as if it was being taped for a laugh soundtrack
Slave, one of the hit R&B groups of the '70's and middle '80's, did what they've done for years – make feet dance and fingers pop – as the crowed really got into hits such as "Slide" and "Watching You."
Rush ran the concert's anchor leg and like world-class sprinter Usain Bolt, he did not disappoint, even though he took the stage later than expected.
Linking the concert to Election Day on Nov. 6, Rush urged concertgoers to get out and vote, regardless of their choice of candidates in the presidential race. President Obama, he said, has his vote.