Funk Brothers Nab Stars For Tour

Former Motown house band members the Funk Brothers have corralled several guest artists to join them on their upcoming North American and European tours. Peabo Bryson and Phoebe Snow will be on hand for North American gigs beginning Jan. 17 outside Philadelphia, while Steve Winwood and Isaac Hayes will join in beginning Jan. 29 in Manchester, England.

The group is still riding the success of the documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” which spotlighted its often uncredited contributions to countless Motown hits. The CD of the same name won the best compilation soundtrack award at the 2002 Grammys.

On Feb. 3, UME will issue “The Best of the Funk Brothers: The Millennium Collection,” featuring instrumentals later turned into such smash Motown cuts as “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Nowhere To Run,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “What’s Going On” and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).”

The album also sports the non-LP singles “Soul Stomp” and “All for You,” plus “The Stingray,” an oft-sampled track from the long-out-of-print release “Earl of Funk.”

Here are the Funk Brothers’ tour dates:

Jan. 17: Glenside, Pa. (Keswick Theatre)

Jan. 18: New York (B.B. King’s Blues Club)

Jan. 19: Alexandria, Va. (Birchmere)

Jan. 20: Annapolis, Md. (Ramshead)

Jan. 22: Harrisburg, Pa. (Whitaker Center)

Jan. 24: Boston (Berklee Performance Center)

Jan. 29: Manchester, England (Carling Apollo)

Jan. 30: London (Royal Festival Hall)

Feb. 1: Berlin (Tempodrom)

Feb. 2: Bonn, Germany (Bruckenforum)

Feb. 3: Amsterdam (Paradiso)

Feb. 5: Hamburg (Congress Centrum)

Feb. 6: Frederiksberg, Denmark (KB Hall)

Feb. 7: Helsinki (Ice Hall)

Feb. 8: Stockholm (Berns)

Feb. 9: Antwerp, Belgium (Queen Elizabeth Hall)


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