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Stroll Down Memory Lane with Motown

Press Releases - August 14, 2012

“Fantastic, phenomenal talent, awesome voices,” are just a few examples of the rave reviews received by the Masters of Motown as they travel worldwide celebrating the artists and the music of the 60s. Stroll down memory lane when the Great Waters Music Festival presents the Masters on Friday, August 17, at the Kingswood Arts Center at 8pm. The show features world-class musicians from the TFC Band as they perform the music made famous by such acts as The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, the Jackson Five and Diana Ross and the Supremes.

It is the most entertaining history lesson every performed! The show authentically reproduces the look, choreography, style and sound made famous by a record label that was relatively unknown in the Motor City of Detroit, but went on to preserve the integrity of the entire Motown experience.

The ten-person cast has performed in front of numerous sold-out audiences and garnered rave reviews across the country. John Hodges, lead vocalist and bandleader for the TFC Band, was instrumental in creating the touring show Masters of Motown. His rich bass baritone vocals have compared him to Melvin Franklin of The Temptations and the incomparable Barry White. Friend Dario Outlaw, choreographer for the group as well as lead vocalist, has often been compared to Prince and specifically to the song “Kiss”.  He and Hodges began playing together in junior high school and formed the TFC Band in 1973. In 2008, inspired by the music of the 60s, The TFC Band created the Masters of Motown show–a stage show which captures the sights, sounds and feel of the Motown era.

Third lead male vocalist is Ronald Smith, who started singing with his twin brother at an early age, and has been singing professionally his entire adult life. The three men are joined by female vocalists Dennen (Lady D,) Chanel Mariette and Erika Strett-Lawrence, as well as keyboardist Jermaine Newsome, bassist Oscar Waters, guitarist Darrell Ballard and drummer Al Hundley.

Tickets for this performance and all remaining performances of the season are available at the Great Waters Music Festival Office at 15 Varney Road in Wolfeboro, by phone at 569-7710 or on the web at The Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing a variety of music to those living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. 

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