Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience” to perform at Grand Theatre
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2017) – “What’s
Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience” will perform at the Grand Theatre at 7:30
p.m. Thursday, March 9. Tickets are $20, $25 and $35.
Brian Owens, one of
contemporary music’s leading exponents of 1960s soul music, heads this homage
to one of the greats of Motown. Gaye was a legendary singer both as a soloist
and in duets with Tammi Terrell. He was also a prolific composer, having
written songs such as “What’s Going On,” “Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” and “Let’s
Get It On.”
While soul music was at
its peak in the 1960s, well before his time, Owens has vivid memories of
listening to the greats, such as Sam Cooke and Gaye.
“The idea of soul
interpretation is so embedded in who I am,” Owens said in a recent telephone
interview. Nobody was more expressive than Gaye.
“To me, he’s the most
versatile musician I’ve ever heard,” Owens said. “I don’t think we talk about
his genius enough. His ability to transform his voice, to choose different
tonal colors even within a few measures.”
Beyond his abilities in
solo singing, Gaye was equally expressive singing with others, Owens added.
“He was an incredible
duet singer. That speaks to his amazing sensibility as a musician,” Owen said.
As an aspiring singer, “he was my Bach and Beethoven.”
Owens, known as “the new
voice of American soul,” draws appreciative audiences to hear his unique
interpretations of soul artists. He notes that he doesn’t seek to exactly
reproduce a recording by the likes of Gaye, Cooke or Curtis Mayfield
“I don’t listen to the
records,” he said. “I let the music live through me. It’s not an impersonation
Owens is backed by
drums, guitar, bass, two horns and a duet singer. It is a show that has drawn
rave reviews and appreciative audiences throughout the country.
Beyond his live
performances, Owens also has been busy recording. He has a new album out named
for his home town in Missouri, “Soul of Ferguson.” The debut single, “For You,”
was written by Owens and features a duet with vocal superstar and close friend
Michael McDonald, formerly of The Doobie Brothers. Owens wrote eight songs in
all for the album
The audience at the Grand
show can expect all of Marvin Gaye’s hits, Owens said. For many audience
members, the show is a reminder of Gaye’s remarkable talent. Others may be new
“Marvin was a genius,”
Owens said. “If they walk away saying that, that ‘I felt Marvin, I felt the
spirit,’ then I’ve done my job.”
The show is sponsored by
Capital Ovarian Cancer Organization.
Tickets may be
purchased online at the Grand Theatre Web site, http://www.grandtheatrefrankfort.org, or by
contacting the box office weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 352-7469. At press time, tickets
remained available at all price levels.