The tribute concert Soul King, coming to the Osborne Bay Hotel and Pub in February, is a musical reflection on the life and times of Sam Cooke, often referred to as the “King of Soul”.
“Tributes” to legendary figures in pop music have become nostalgic rituals for audiences seeking to revisit the ‘golden oldie’ days when the likes of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and the Beatles reigned supreme. The task of the impersonator is to create an illusionary reincarnation by looking like, sounding like and acting like the original idols.
King of Soul
But the tribute concert Soul King offers a very different journey down memory lane. Written and directed by Toronto singer/actor Michael Clarke, this biographical musical journey delves deeply, and personally, into the life and times of Sam Cooke, commonly referred to as the “King of Soul”.
For the Crofton production, of Soul King, Clarke has brought together a talented cast of Vancouver Island singers and musicians, featuring Gloucia Desrochers (Crofton) whose solo performances as Billie Holiday have been enthusiastically acclaimed by local audiences. The other cast/band members include: Nicolas Rhodes (Nanaimo), musical director, on keyboards who gets to show some acting chops as he helps to tell the story; Donn Tarris (formerly from Salt Spring Island now residing in Crofton) on guitar; Alan Wardroper (Salt Spring Island) on bass & Alicia Murray (Nanaimo) on Drums.
You don’t have to be a dedicated Sam Cooke fan to enjoy what this show has to offer, Even if the names of Bob Dylan, Little Richard, Cassius Clay and Malcolm X played no part in your adolescent fantasies, you’ll find yourself immersed in the social and political backdrop from which popular music moved beyond mushy romantic ballads to find its voice as a powerful agent for change. In the music of Sam Cooke, it also discovered its Soul.
Soul King, a Concert Tribute to Sam Cooke
February 1, 2 & 3, Ticket check-in from 6- 8pm / Show starts at 8:05pm
February 3rd Saturday Matinee: Ticket check in from 12pm – 2pm / Show starts at 2:05pm.
Osborne Bay Hotel & Pub, 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton
Tickets $26.50 – $35.00 www.cedricks.ca
Image; Michael Clarke, Soul King, A Concert Tribute to Sam Cooke