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The Stylistics Tear The Roof Off The Lyric

April 17, 2009
The Stylistics

The Stylistics

On Saturday Night April 11 2009, the 70’s Soul Jam came to Baltimore at the Lyric Theater featuring, Jimmy J.J. Walker as the MC, The Main Ingredient, The Delfonics, The Dramatics, and The Stylistics.
I was having a problem enjoying the show because first of all, I was not feeling well anyway, in addition to being under the weather and being exausted, the main reason that I was not enjoying the show was because of the poor sound quality that I was hearing, (which is something that I am definitley not used to when checking out  a show at The Lyric).
The other thing that kind of got my goat was the fact that 3 of the 4 groups took a moment to depart from the 70’s Jam Theme, to give us a little bit of what most of us did not go to the show to hear, (which was rap).
It’s not that they did a whole lot of this, but it was just enough to irritate most of the people who were in the audience.
Most of the people that I talked to about this part of the show did not feel that it was necessary for these classic groups of the 70’s to demonstrate their ability to rap.
But other than the few moments that these groups spent impressing us with their agility at rap and the struggles that the sound crew had in getting the proper mix, they were otherwise okay.
However, at the end of the evening, I fianlly got what I came for, when The Stylistics took the stage, and the audience back in time, and to a new level of pleasure that had not been experienced until they came on stage.
You know how most of us pure Old School People cannot bear to see The Miricles without Smokey Robinson, or the Four Tops without Levi Stubs, or The Temptations without David Ruffin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks, and Melvin Franklin, well you will not have that problem with The New Stylistics.
The new group has only 2 original members left, and 2 new members including a new young man who was only 2 years old when “Your A Big Girl Now” came out, and who just happens to sound just like, Russel Thompkins JR, (the original smooth silver tenor lead vocalist).
This new guy is awsom, and all of other members of the  group, and of course the band were all on point.
This was my first concert of 2009 that I saw, and I am telling you that The Stylistics made it well worth the time, effort, and money that it took to get there.
The next time they come to town, I highly recommend that you check them out for yourselves.
I am sure you will agree.
The Main Ingredient
The Delfonics


The Dramatics


The Stylistics



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