By Judy Thorburn
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Rock N Roll 2 Soul at Palace Station

Wednesday night, April 13 was media night for Rock N Roll 2 Soul, the new tribute show that opened inside the Palace Station Showroom.

The show is produced by Tom Biscardi and John Stuart, the founder of “Legends in Concert”, and the two have created a highly entertaining trip down memory lane showcasing three tribute acts backed by a five piece band.

Over the years I have seen several female tribute acts who have made an attempt to recreate the vocal stylings, gestures, and dance moves of legendary chart toppers The Shirelles, Martha and the Vandellas, and the Supremes, but none have come close to the amazing talents of this show's opening act, Mary Williams and the Sensations. The trio do more than justice to the classic hits of those all girl groups with a roster of songs that include Heatwave, Dancing In the Streets, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Soldier Boy, and a medley of hits by Diana Ross and the Supremes. Decked out with big hair, fabulous colorful gowns, and possessing great pipes, these ladies are terrific, and without a doubt one of the top female tribute acts in the business.

Mary Williams and the Sensations
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Cornell Gunther's original The Coasters (the first group to be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame) led by Lionel “Z” can not only sing up a storm with memorable hits such as Poison Ivy, Charlie Brown and Yakkity Yak, these showman, dressed in flashy purple suits, put on one helluva performance with the perfect blend of vocal artistry, moves, and comical interactions with the audience.

Cornell Gunther's original The Coasters
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Jonathan Von Brana's tribute to the “King” is not the best I have experienced, but he manages to engage the audience, especially the females, with his tall and handsome good looks and high energy performance that includes Hound Dog, All Shook Up, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Suspicious Minds, Jailhouse Rock and My Way.

Jonathan Von Brana's tribute to the “King”
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Rock N Roll 2 Soul might be targeted to baby boomers and fans of music from the late 1950's and early 1960's who enjoy a “blast from the past”, but great music is timeless and transcends generations. I had a wonderful time, loved it, and recommend this show to people of all ages, who won't be able to keep from clapping and singing along.

The cast of Rock and Roll 2 Soul
Photo credit: Stephen Thorburn

Showtimes for Rock N Roll 2 Soul at Palace Station are 7 p.m Monday- Saturday. Tickets are $34.95 plus tax/fees, $44.95 plus tax/fees for VIP Booth Seats. Guests under age 21 must be accompanied by adult.

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