Bemba Entertainment's first show of the monthly Soul Legend series took place at Momo's on Friday January 21, 2011. It was a Smash Hit! Brandon Badillo, founder of Bemba Entertainment, chose the Isley Brothers as the first Soul Legend tribute and assembled the unique Bemba Family Soul Band for the series. After hearing the band, Brandon made the right choice in creating the band for the tribute and more so in the selection of the exceptional musicians . The band had the right sound and the right orchestral mix that created the "feel" of an oldies soul band.
Brandon had vintage record giveaways, a special dance performance by Ballet Afrique and also paid tribute to the late, great Teena Marie.
It was a great night for music, dance and fun. The atmosphere was electric, the house was packed and Momo's is always a gracious host. After the show, one thing I found humorous was that the crowd didn't want to leave. They still wanted more, I guess the euphoria from "Between The Sheets" hadn't worn off.
Dan Dyer and Sonia Moore with special guest Sharee Smith did a great job in re-creating the Isley Brothers tunes. Check out the videos of their performances.
The next in the Soul Legend series is "Wild Is The Wind - A Tribute to Nina Simone" on February 19, 2011 at King-Seabrook Chapel located in the Huston-Tillotson University campus, 900 Chicon Street in Austin, Texas.