VH1 Classic presents the 70s Soul Jam, a concert tour that brings legendary soul artists together for blowout shows featuring (on select dates): the Stylistics, Heatwave, Main Ingredient featuring Cuba Gooding, the Dramatics, the Chi-Lites, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, the Delfonics, Blue Magic, The Manhattans and New Birth. These headlining acts made names for themselves in the 70s by pioneering the genre of soul. Their dance moves may not be as quick and clean as in their prime, but their tunes are still jammin' and their stage presence has only become more refined over the years.
The Stylistics, The Blue Notes, and The Delfonics honed their music skills in the City of Brotherly Love, more commonly known as Philadelphia. Their music brings the stylings of Barry White and Al Green together in their own smooth soul style, wowing crowds in the 70s as well as today. The Chi-Lites, not surprisingly, hail from Chicago. The band was steeped in the vivid jazz scene of the city, and the excellent musical education shows in their luxurious soul.
The bands coming together for this historic tour were all chart-toppers in their day. Classics like the Chi-Lites' 'Have You Seen Her' and the Stylistics' 'You Are My Everything' pleased crowds in the 70s and are sure to do the same today. The Blue Notes and The Delfonics are not short on hits. 'You Don't Know Me By Now' and 'La-La Means I Love You' by the Blue Notes and The Delfonics respectively will please crowds as well.
The 70s soul revival has been a long time in coming, so this tour is a breath of fresh air for soul lovers everywhere. Though the groups may no longer be topping the charts, the quality of their tunes cannot be argued. With the soul generation getting older they look for a taste of their youth. This nostalgia tour is the ticket. Soul lovers of the 70s are now able to share their love of music with their kids. Live shows by practiced artists like these are indisputably valuable in passing the love of music to the younger generation.