People Get Ready

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What if they gave an On Stage at Powell concert and the audience couldn’t fit on stage? That’s what happened Wednesday night when Brian Owens and company performed the music of Curtis Mayfield. The orchestra level of Powell Hall was full for a concert that usually offers performers and audience the opportunity to fit intimately together on stage. Where the Mayfield show may have expanded in scale it did not lose in intimacy. Owens, with members of the 442s, IN UNISON Scholars and Fellows on vocals and percussion, IN UNISON Church Partner musicians, YO cellist Julie Holzen and her Peer to Peer Initiative mentee cellist Tieryn Minor, and an outasight brass section had Powell Hall in a groove. People heard Owens channeling Mayfield on “Keep on Pushing,” “Super Fly,” “People Get Ready” and other hits from the ’60s and ’70s. “You don’t need no baggage/ You just get on board.”

 

Brian Owens
Brian Owens

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